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OUR STORY

MISSION
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.

HISTORY
The Independent was founded in 2006, part of the Washington, DC-based American Independent News Network. The site was re-established in 2013 as a wholly independent entity run in Colorado by Coloradans.

EDITORIAL POLICY

The word “independent” in The Colorado Independent is key to our work. We practice journalism as a public trust and subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

The Colorado Independent retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We value the importance of maintaining a firewall between news coverage decisions and all sources of revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their opinions, products or services.

We accept donations, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our news gathering and other activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of financial support. See all donors >

The Independent may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but we maintain editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or control of editorial content.

We will make public donors who give a total of $1,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s membership standards.

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DISTRIBUTION POLICY

Share our Stuff: You’re welcome to republish our articles and graphics for free using the ground rules below. (Please let us know if you republish our stories; it makes us happy!)

Here’s what you need to know:
Story Republishing Guidelines*

  1. You must give The Colorado Independent credit, ideally in this format: “by Tina Griego, The Colorado Independent.”
  2. If you publish online, you must include the links from the story, and a link to www.coloradoindependent.com.
  3. It’s fine to change the story to suit your in-house style (for example, using “Loveland, CO.” instead of “Loveland.”)
  4. If you make changes that are more significant than style tweaks — such as adding a comment from a local official — you need to include a note like this: “Additional reporting by the (name of your publication here).”
  5. You can publish our photos and graphics with the stories with which they originally appeared. For any other uses, you must seek permission from us at publisher@coloradoindependent.com.
  6. When possible, include the following: The Colorado Independent is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs and engages with Coloradans — about public policy, politics, government and issues that matter in our square, swing state.
  7. If you share the story on social media, please mention @COindependent on Twitter and @coloradoindependent on Facebook.
  8. Don’t sell the story.
  9. Don’t sell ads against the story. Feel free, however, to publish it on a page with ads you’ve already sold.
  10. The Independent tracks other publications’ use of our original material. Please contact Publisher Laurie Hirschfeld Zeller at publisher@coloradoindependent.com for our tracking requirements.

The Independent reserves the right to modify this republication agreement as needed.

*Thanks to the Texas Tribune for use of its guideline template

OUR DONORS

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit funded solely by grants and tax-deductible donations. For a list of Colorado Independent donors, check out our Donors page.