Opinion: As media professors surveying Colorado’s local-news landscape, we have good news and bad news

The Colorado Sun: The role of local news has never been more important than today during a pandemic that has killed millions and at a time when anyone can spew rumors and conspiracies while sitting behind a screen. 

In Colorado, online misinformation has led some to believe COVID-19 vaccines alter DNA, distrust legitimate philanthropic organizations in the community, and even consider the Boulder shooting a hoax.

As Colorado journalists strive to shield their communities against such misinformation, they face immense challenges as news deserts — areas without any newspapers to serve their needs —continue to grow. Since 2004, the number of newspapers in the state has dropped by at least 16%, with three counties qualifying as news deserts and 33 more on the verge of becoming so.

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