Empowering Colorado

A Nonprofit Journalism Project

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

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

...our research, technology and education.

It's Story Needs To Be Told

 Our Story

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.

What We Cover

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.

Multi-Platform Content

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.

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:

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

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.

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.
www.inn.org
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.
www.journalists.org

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.

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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 Board where she will help with the agency’s communications. In a fond-farewell message, Former Denver Post Energy Reporter Mark Jaffe lamented the current state of energy journalism in Colorado.

    Harvard’s Shorenstein Center Highlights NonProfit News Success Story

    Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy is highlighting the success of VTDigger — a nonprofit news organization in Vermont that is successfully serving its community while growing its audience and revenues.  VTDigger has been featured in the Columbia Journalism Review, NiemanLab and The New York Times as a new model for success in the nonprofit news movement.   It has secured a multimillion-dollar investment to dramatically improve business, technology, and reporting to bring it to a new level of sustainability. VT Digger’s story can be found here.