Here’s what happens when a Denver TV news station gets newspaper-style beats

The Denver Post: Amid high turnover and mutating viewing habits, Denver’s TV-news industry has been forced to confront the reality of slimming audiences and coverage.

That’s partly why, as of Monday, Sept. 12, CBS News Colorado is rolling out a grand experiment in newspaper-style beats for nearly a dozen of its reporters. The idea is to connect them more closely with the communities in which they live, placing their faces front-and-center for residents who want to know more about the crime, politics, business and culture of their neighborhoods.

“We’re coming out of the pandemic as a bunch of generalists, so how do we serve our readers better in an industry that’s not generally known for beats?” said Kristine Strain, news director at CBS News Colorado (KCNC-TV Channel 4). “Newspapers have been doing it forever but broadcast kind of faded away from it. … So we decided to break off our reporters into ten targeted regions.”

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