Newspapers nowadays are under attack. Not just journalists themselves but the newspaper industry as a whole. And the attacks are coming from all directions, including corporate owners and government officials — both state and federal.
Victims of some of Colorado’s most horrific crimes are close to seeing a bill proposed on their behalf become a law after 9Wants to Know exposed a Department of Corrections policy that kept locations of certain inmates secret.
News organizations now find themselves thrust squarely in the middle of a public debate over the value of news and the role newspapers play in the communities they serve. It’s a conversation every newspaper needs to have with its readers, community leaders, its supporters and detractors; and the Colorado Press Association wants to be the catalyst behind that public dialogue.
Members of the Berthoud Town Board, both current and elected, are divided over whether a member of their board violated Colorado open meetings law to discuss next steps following the April 3 election.
Watchdog group The Broomfield Way claimed in a letter that the city and county attorney selection process violated the Colorado Sunshine Law.
Before Colorado’s legislative session started, state Rep. Cole Wist told Colorado Politics it wasn’t right that crime victims or their families put their heads on their pillows each night not knowing where the inmate is jailed.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said that he will not discipline the police Chief Robert White for his actions in the denial of a 2016 open records request or a 2017 car chase where another person was injured.
Saguache County administration official Wendi Maez wrote in an email that she was “incorrect concerning the requirement for recording executive sessions for personnel matters,” referring to an executive session held Feb. 14.
Consider this editorial and this Sunday’s Perspective offerings a plea to Alden — owner of Digital First Media, one of the largest newspaper chains in the country — to rethink its business strategy across all its newspaper holdings. Consider this also a signal to our community and civic leaders that they ought to demand better. Denver deserves a newspaper owner who supports its newsroom. If Alden isn’t willing to do good journalism here, it should sell The Post to owners who will.
Electronic information and private databases have been stolen or leaked or simply allowed to be accessed by the wrong people nationwide, but a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate would try to guard against that.