I-News produces in-depth journalism that no other newsroom in the state can.
We’re a nonprofit news service, so we collaborate with the most respected news outlets in Colorado to deliver high-impact journalism to millions of Coloradans.
Together, we’re filling the void in serious public-interest journalism, and bringing more in-depth news to the places you already look for your news: Your newspaper, radio, television, computer and digital device.
Our partners include Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado Public Radio, KUSA, The Denver Post and virtually every daily newspaper in Colorado, plus ethnic and emerging media.
I-News is needed because of the ongoing crisis in American journalism.
Many newsrooms in Colorado are half the size they were just a few years ago. Yet the digital revolution has given them more deadlines to meet. That leaves fewer people and less time to dig into stories that require significant resources and expertise.
I-News is journalism that makes a difference.
I-News works with other media in several ways.
I-News works with other media in several ways.
- Deliver a finished story package. We do the entire investigation (research, writing, video, audio, graphics – including localizing the story for different communities) and deliver it to media outlets ready to use.
- Collaborate on localization. We do the research, write the “big picture” overview and then help our partner newsrooms report how it impacts their community.
- Provide analysis. We do the research that uncovers the problem or highlights a pressing issue, give it to the newsrooms, and let them take it from there to do their own reporting and production.
- Do customized research and training. We do one-on-one work with a single newsroom that has a particular story it can’t do alone. Usually in this case, there’s a training aspect, too, as we’re helping reporters learn to do the analysis and research they couldn’t do before.
I-News reporting affects laws and policies statewide
Here are a few examples of the effect of I-News reporting.
Legislation was introduced after I-News helped its media partners uncover dangerous and illegal treatment of hazardous electronic waste unknown even to regulators.
Lawmakers called for a state audit after I-News helped EdNews and other partners show that online elementary and high schools get millions in tax money even though half their students leave within a year.
Funding: Help I-News continue this work
We need your help. Investigative reporting by definition is difficult to support solely by commercial means. This kind of reporting is expensive and time-consuming. And while stories about hazardous waste or sexual assault are important, they’re unlikely to attract a lucrative advertising niche.
How will you sustain I-News?
Our sustainability plan is like a four-legged stool. Each leg represents a diverse revenue stream.
- Grants and donations. These funded our startup and continue to play an important role. Our major funders include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Denver Foundation, Brett Family Foundation, and The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.
- Media partnerships. Our media partners, who continue to face economic challenges, are nevertheless beginning to pay for our content and services.
- Underwriting. Corporate citizens can help sustain the kind of news and information that makes a community a better place to live.
- Products and Services. I-News is developing revenues streams from the other products and services it offers in line with its mission. For example, we’ve launched a summer camp for high school journalists to help train the next generation of investigative reporters and have trained professional journalists, too.
To learn more about how to financially support I-News, contact executive director Laura Frank.
You can also contribute individually via I-News’ “Giving First” page here: Donate to I-News
John Temple, president.
John Temple is the managing editor for The Washington Post’s local audience, including its Metro section and sports and arts coverage. Prior to holding that position, John was editor of Honolulu Civil Beat an entrepreneurial digital news startup in Honolulu launched by the founder of eBay.
John is the former editor, president and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News. Under his leadership, the newspaper won four Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national journalistic awards. He also served the E.W. Scripps Co., owner of the Rocky, as vice president/news of the newspaper division.
Paul Voakes, treasurer. Paul is the former dean of the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Boulder. His PhD is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his research and teaching specializations are in media law and ethics and math/statistics for journalism. He is a former op-ed columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, and the author of several books and multiple journal articles.
Brant Houston, secretary. Brant is chairman of the board of directors for the national Investigative News Network, a coalition of nonprofit journalism organizations, and coordinator for the Global Investigative Journalism Network, which he co-founded in 2000. For more than a decade, Brant was the executive director of the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 3,500-member organization. He was an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years. He currently holds the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois College of Media in Champaign-Urbana.
William Weintraub, at-large member. Bill is executive in residence at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He has been a senior executive for such companies as Proctor & Gamble, Kellogg, Tropicana and Coors. In his various corporate roles, he has led brand management, market research, sales, R&D, ethnic marketing, new product development and corporate communications efforts, sometimes managing budgets close to a billion dollars. He has served on the boards of other local organizations, including the United Way and the American Red Cross, and serves on the Advisory Board for the CU School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Colorado State University Business School board.
Laura Frank, executive director of I-News, is an ex officio member of the I-News board.
Laura Frank, Executive Director (bio)
Burt Hubbard, Editorial Director (bio)
Joe Mahoney, Multimedia Director (bio)
Kristin Jones, reporter (bio)
David Milstead, reporter (bio)
Jim Sheeler, reporter (bio)
Bill Wilkinson (bio)
Dr. Richard Steckel (bio)
Interns (Summer 2011)
Beth Bartel (bio)
Courtney Jones (bio)
Jordan Wirfs-Brock (bio)
Lauren Seaton (bio)
Andrea Sutherland (bio)