Denverite: With the building that once housed their newsroom looming behind them, a group of former Denver Post staffers Monday morning announced their plans to launch a new local newsroom, the Colorado Sun.
The journalist-owned, membership-based digital publication will be one of a handful around the country backed by the blockchain-powered platform Civil. The official launch won’t be until the end of summer, but work is already underway. The team had its first news meeting following the press conference. The publication starts with a newsletter on Wednesday.
The Pulitzer-winning roster includes editors Larry Ryckman and Dana Coffield, chief technology officer Eric Lubbers, and writers Jason Blevins, Jennifer Brown, Tamara Chung, John Ingold and Kevin Simpson. As a newsroom — and with the help of freelance contributors — they’ll aim to cover Colorado with investigative, explanatory and narrative journalism.
The Sun won’t focus much on daily news. As Lubbers put it, it’ll be deep-dives into traffic stats instead of the car crash at Sixth and Colorado. There won’t be sports coverage in the usual sense, but Ryckman said they’ll write about the ways sports intersects with society and, of course, Blevins will be covering outdoor sports.
“It feels amazing to be standing here,” said Brown, who before her departure from the Post completed an important series of stories about Colorado foster care. “… Doing what we all are so passionate about and have dedicated are lives to — it’s amazing.”
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