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Empowering Colorado

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A Nonprofit Journalism Project

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In Colorado, Energy impacts our quality of life...

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...our economy, environment and politics...

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...our research, technology and education.

Its Story Needs To Be Told

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Our Vision

To empower citizens to make informed decisions and achieve a healthy, trusting community, using fearless journalism and cutting-edge technology to replace confusion with clarity. 

Our Mission

Empowering Colorado, a nonprofit journalism organization, provides independent, unbiased news coverage of all facets of energy development and its local impact. We examine, investigate, educate and dispel myths to ensure Coloradans can make informed energy decisions.

Our Story

Empowering Colorado is a nonprofit news organization created to develop quality, unbiased news and information about all facets of Colorado's energy industry and its local impact.

We are experienced journalists who realized, in the wake of the emotional debate over hydraulic fracturing, Coloradans were not receiving quality information about energy development. As advertising revenues declined, traditional media could not devote adequate resources to covering energy development. At the same time, an influx of advocacy information, often funded by corporate and special interests, did not give Coloradans balanced information necessary to make informed decisions about energy and its impact on their lives.

Energy can be hard to cover. It requires an understanding of science, business, technology,politics and global affairs. When skilled, experienced journalists get to work deciphering these complex topics, Coloradans have access to easy-to-understand information about how Colorado's natural resources power our communities.

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What We Cover

Empowering Colorado covers all facets of energy development. This includes:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Utilities
  • Hydroelectric
  • Nuclear

Empowering Colorado also cover a variety of energy-related issues such as:

  • Energy Public Policy
  • Water Use
  • Environment

Chances are, if it relates to energy development in Colorado and is in the public interest, we will cover it -- without favor and in accordance with the highest standards of journalism ethics.

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Multi-Platform Content

Empowering Colorado is not a blog or a newspaper. It's much more than that. In today's world of digital journalism, Empowering Colorado is able to produce quality daily, in-depth and investigative content across multiple platforms. These include:

  • Website
  • Video
  • Podcasts
  • Television
  • Magazines
  • Debates
  • Conferences/Workshops
  • Data Journalism
  • Newsletters

As a progressive news organization, Empowering Colorado will tailor its content to the news and information it is trying to cover and provide users with multiple options to learn about energy development in Colorado.

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Our Audience

Empowering Colorado covers energy development in Colorado for a general audience. We will make this content available on our own platforms and on platforms made available to us by our media partners. We will also provide value to a vast array of energy stakeholders who seek information and a presence before the public and Colorado's energy community.

This includes:

  • Policy Makers
  • Community Leaders
  • Influencers
  • Energy Companies
  • Ancillary Businesses
  • Academics
  • Researchers
  • Journalists
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Our Commitment

Empowering Colorado will bring all its resources to bear to fulfill its journalistic mission. We'll speak truth to power. We'll investigate. We'll demand transparency. We'll feature what's good and highlight what's bad. Ultimately, we'll serve the citizens of Colorado and the energy industry as a respected journalistic institution and community partner.

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What's Happening In Journalism?

Journalism is in transition. While traditional newsrooms have cut staff and resources in response to declining advertising revenue, many progressive newsrooms are preparing for a local news renaissance. These newsrooms have joined with forward-thinking journalism organizations and the Knight Foundation to gather data, experiment and develop case studies. Together, they're helping local journalists develop quality for-profit and non-profit business models, identify revenue streams and engage a local audience. Empowering Colorado is proud to receive support from the following organizations:
The Institute for Nonprofit News provides education and business support to over 100 nonprofit media organziations in North America by sharing best practices, pooling resources and offereing cutting-edge training in business development.

The Institute for Nonprofit News provides education and business support to over 100 nonprofit media organziations in North America by sharing best practices, pooling resources and offereing cutting-edge training in business development.

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Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION) identifies and implements business strategies for sustaining readership and community impact of its members organizations.

Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION) identifies and implements business strategies for sustaining readership and community impact of its members organizations.

www.lionpublishers.com
The Online News Association is the world's largest association of digital journalists.  Its mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.

The Online News Association is the world's largest association of digital journalists. Its mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public.

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Our Board and Supporters

Empowering Colorado maintains a board and group of supporters made up of current and former journalists and corporate communication professionals with experience across the energy spectrum.
Shehryar Akhtar

Shehryar Akhtar

CEO Cloutel

"We think working with Empowering Colorado coincides with our mission to transform the business landscape by making 21st century technology solutions more agile and accessible than ever before. We look forward to doing our part to help Empowering Colorado produce quality journalism in our state."

Doug Hock

Doug Hock

Director of Media Relations/Oil & Gas Industry

“We need credible, trusted voices that fairly represent various aspects of energy policy and business to the public. In a time of multiple partisan voices and traditional news outlets struggling to survive, citizens are in desperate need of fact-based information. I support Empowering Colorado’s mission.” — Read More

Mark Stutz

Mark Stutz

Media Representative/Utility Industry

“While I have a responsibility to act in the best interests of my company and industry, we find that we spend as much time combating the “facts” of paid-for stories as we do working with journalists to develop fair and unbiased coverage of issues. It is in this reality that we find the concept of Empowering Colorado to be so important, and perhaps a hope for the future of journalism and society.” — Read More

George Douglas

George Douglas

Frm. Mgr. of Public Affairs/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

“Journalism as we knew it, with two competing metro daily newspapers in Denver, each with its own energy reporter, is not coming back. But the role it played in informing the public and political discourse is as necessary as ever. And, so, here comes Empowering Colorado to make use of newer communication platforms and tools to inform and contribute to the conversation on energy in a place where the all elements of the debate – environmental and economic – are represented.” — Read More

Michael Kodas

Michael Kodas

Deputy Director/Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado

"Covering energy is covering the environment."

President Emeritus

President Emeritus

Colorado School of Mines

"As a lifelong educator, I firmly believe that an informed public is essential to the success of any democracy. I applaud, and fully support, the goals of Empowering Colorado to provide "fair and unbiased" news regarding energy issues and their impact. This is especially important as other journalistic sources increasingly fall short in their coverage of this critical issue."

John Pepperdine

John Pepperdine

Development Coordinator/MPW Strategies

"Empowering Colorado goes beyond just providing information. Using progressive communication strategies and cutting-edge technology, it provides a depth and understanding of the broad range of energy issues across a wide-variety of platforms. MPW Strategies is proud to support this new and powerful journalism initiative."

Latest News

DBJ Energy Reporter Calls It Quits

Veteran Denver Business Journal Energy Reporter Cathy Proctor called it quits this week — creating an even deeper void in the ranks of experienced energy journalists in Colorado.  Proctor is moving to the Denver Water Read more…

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