Indy Editor Susan Greene on surviving Colorado’s news apocalypse

Journalism in Colorado is under siege. And headlines keep coming about censorship, layoffs and protests in local newsrooms.

Join Colorado Independent Editor Susan Greene at the Denver Athletic Club on Wednesday, May 30th for lunch and conversation about Colorado’s current local media landscape and what it will take to defy its downward spiral. She’ll discuss why newspapers are failing, what news is being ignored, what “fake news” really looks like in Colorado, and what will become of public interest news and watchdog journalism here.

A former longtime Denver Post investigative reporter and metro columnist, Susan is a Pulitzer Prize finalist who has been honored by the ACLU and the Society of Professional Journalists over the past year for her coverage of civil rights issues and government transparency problems. The Colorado Independent is a statewide, nonprofit news source at that’s home to some of Colorado’s best journalists, including Tina Griego, Corey Hutchins, Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Mike Keefe, and columnist Mike Littwin. We don’t do censorship, or fluff, and our newsroom is growing at a time when traditional outlets are shrinking.

The luncheon is part of the Denver Athletic Club’s speaker series and starts at noon on May 30Tickets are $25, including a lunch of tomato bisque w/crème fraîche & croutons, cornmeal crusted salmon with pico de gallo and chili beurre blanc, saffron rice & fresh vegetable medley, and family style cookies & brownies. Please RSVP to Presley Askew at Reservations must be made by noon on Tuesday, May 29.

We hope to see you there.

The Colorado Independent is a statewide online news source operating in a time when spin is plentiful, but factual, fair and unflinching news in the public interest is all too rare. Our award-winning team of veteran investigative and explanatory reporters and news columnists aims to amplify the voices of Coloradans whose stories are unheard, shine light on the relationships between people, power and policy, and hold public officials to account. We strive to report the news with context, social conscience, and soul, and to give Coloradans the insight they need to promote conversation, understanding and progress in this square, swing state we call home.


  1. Dear Susan Greene,
    My wife and I attended your very good talk today at the DAC. I was glad to hear you say that news publishing-as we’ve known it-is fading, and that we’d better accept it. The fact is that someone has figured out how to make a better mousetrap, in this case online news publishing. Don’t get me wrong–I’m not saying that the content, reporting and editorials are better. But it does arrive somewhat reliably, for free, and it’s not wet. And yes, though I much prefer a paper copy of the daily newspaper, sadly those days are coming to an end. The real chore (challenge?) is not how to print a paper but rather to deliver news that is accurate, fair, and comprehensive.
    And as for the task of running a business along with providing good content in the age of the internet-ha! That’s something we’ve been dealing with for some time now, giving away our hard work for free. We’ve been doing it (against our better wishes) for years. My wife said to me, “now she knows what it’s like to be a musician!” But please, do keep on and don’t give up. We appreciate your hard work. Thank you.

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