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Inside the News in Colorado

Each week, this newsletter reports on, comments on, and analyzes the goings on in Colorado’s media scene, connecting local developments to what’s happening nationally and exploring what makes the state’s local news ecosystem unique.

  • It pokes and prods, critiques and uplifts, and seeks to spark debate and a better understanding about the practice of local journalism.

Colorado is a compelling place to do so. Plenty of the challenges facing the local news industry nationwide are exacerbated here, and many of the potential solutions are taking root in Colorado as well. Colorado is “a test tube, and people keep shaking it,” the state’s former governor, John Hickenlooper, once said. And that’s certainly true about its media world.

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Who am I?

I’m Corey Hutchins, the interim director of Colorado College’s Journalism Institute, the Colorado-based contributor for Columbia Journalism Review’s United States Project, a member of The Washington Post’s Talent Network, and a journalist for multiple news outlets. My background is in alternative weeklies, long-form accountability journalism projects, political reporting, and writing about local media. The Colorado Media Project, where I write case studies, is underwriting this newsletter, and my “Inside the News” column appears at COLab, both of which I sometimes write about here. (If you, too, would like to underwrite this newsletter, hit me up.) Follow me on Twitter, reply or subscribe to this weekly newsletter here, or e-mail me at CoreyHutchins [at] gmail [dot] com.

How do I decide what to write about each week?

I’m interested in the business models for local news and how they’re changing, news innovations, accountability reporting, different ways local news outlets interact with their audiences, personnel changes, ownership issues, government influence in news gathering, the life-work balance of reporters, media literacy, journalism ethics, how newsrooms make decisions, press freedom, the First Amendment, news values, industry trends, and more.

I’m also always interested in the different ways citizens are getting their news and information, whether it’s from an unfiltered YouTube livestream during a mass shooting or from your Ring security system.

There are enough Colorado news aggregators and daily newsletters that link to individual stories from our various outlets, so I’ve developed a beat out of the news behind the news each week. 

It’s expanding…

In special editions each month or so, I’ll try to take a look at the local media scene outside Colorado to offer a more regional perspective.

  • Are these the Rocky Mountain states? Is it the Mountain West? Beats me. In the first one we checked in from Idaho to Oklahoma, so maybe the region is unclassifiable.

Who pays for this newsletter?

This newsletter began in 2015 as part of my work for Columbia Journalism Review’s United States Project. Later, The Colorado Independent, a statewide nonprofit news site, paid me to write it each week. (The Indy transformed into COLab.)

  • Currently, Colorado Media Project underwrites the newsletter.

  • The Denver-based Grasslands PR agency is also prominently displayed as an underwriter each week. Because of these underwriters, I haven’t asked subscribers to pay for the content, though I’m open to the possibility of doing that in the future.

  • Other organizations that have advertised in the newsletter are the Colorado Press Association and One Chance to Grow Up.

Other financial disclosures

Since getting out of daily political journalism around 2019 I started investing more in the stock market. My holdings include QQQ, which tracks the Nasdaq-100 Index with a collection of tech companies that I might have to write about in this newsletter from time to time including Facebook, Google, or others. I also own stock in individual entities like Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Nvidia, two cannabis companies, a psychedelic medicine company, Dutch Brothers, Lululemon, and others ranging from booze to global shipping, banking, software, 3D printing, electric vehicles, and more. (I’m not very sophisticated about this; it’s basically Wall Street Bets on Reddit and random advice from friends and family.)

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Corey Hutchins
Journalist and educator in Colorado