Civic Journalism

Collective Colorado | April 2022

Low Pay Leaves Rural Teachers Struggling

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Photo by Mike Sweeney
Colorado’s teacher salaries are among the lowest in the nation.
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NBC News | March 2022

Inmate-produced radio station streams beyond prison

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Photo by Rachel Woolf for NBC News
Inside Wire is available 24/7 to incarcerated people in Colorado and to online listeners around the world.
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NBC News | March 2022

As locals are priced out, Colorado mountain towns fight to keep workers

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Photo courtesy of Nick Fox / Shutterstock
Communities are turning to innovations, like lease limits and new taxes, to confront a worsening housing shortage.
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Collective Colorado | February 2022

Women Leaving Prison Lack Much-Needed Resources

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Photo by Eli Imadali
For years, resources, research and programs have focused primarily on the needs of cisgender men leaving the criminal justice system.
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5280 | November 2021

One Day to Life

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Illustration by Nazario Graziano
People found not guilty by reason of insanity are sent to Colorado’s mental health hospital for treatment. Here, a look inside one man’s 3-year-long struggle for freedom.
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5280 | September 2021

Digging Deep

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Photo courtesy of Denver Rescue Mission
Colorado’s Harvest Farm battles addiction and homelessness in unexpected ways.
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The Guardian | August 2021

Burning Out

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Photo by Evan Baden/The Guardian
The 20,000 wildland firefighters risking their lives across the US are also jeopardizing their mental health. Who’s there to help them?
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5280 | July 2021

Affordable Housing in Denver Just Got a Big Boost

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Photo courtesy of Unsplash
Parking has long been one of the key barriers to affordable housing efforts. Not anymore.
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The Colorado Sun | May 2021

For Incarcerated Youth, the Coronavirus Pandemic Isn’t Over Yet

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Photo by Mike Sweeney/Special to The Colorado Trust
Colorado ranks among the 12 states with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses in juvenile detention facilities.
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The Colorado Trust | March 2021

The Pandemic Has Exacerbated Food Insecurity Across Colorado

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In a statewide survey, a staggering 38 percent of respondents self-reported as food insecure.
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U.S. News & World Report | July 2020

Denver’s Reopening Sparks Debate Among Retailers

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Photo by David Zalubowski/AP
Denver is expanding outdoor dining and closing streets to help restaurants, but some retailers are worried they won’t benefit.
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The Colorado Trust | May 2020

“I’m Putting My Life on the Line Every Day”

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Photo by Joe Mahoney
The coronavirus pandemic has Denver transit operators scared for their safety.
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Denverite | April 2020

Ruby’s Market Wanted To Help Its Refugee Artisans

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Photo by Kevin J. Beaty
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the bazaar quickly transformed into an emergency pantry.
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5280 | April 2020

Colorado Is the Eighth State to End Prison-Based Gerrymandering

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Photo by Victoria Pickering / Flickr via Creative Commons
The state will now count incarcerated individuals based on their last known address instead of the prisons where they reside, which will impact redistricting when it’s completed in 2022.
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The Colorado Trust | March 2020

In Colorado Prisons and Jails, a Piecemeal Approach to the Threat of Coronavirus

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Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Those involved in the criminal justice system are concerned that if COVID-19 finds its way inside a prison or jail, there will be little ability to stop its spread.
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The Colorado Trust | March 2020

As Coronavirus Spreads, Denver Homeless Shelters Consolidate Services

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Photo by Joe Mahoney
For thousands of people who are experiencing homelessness in metro Denver, the CDC recommendations are nearly impossible to follow.
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The Colorado Trust | January 2020

Using Trauma-Informed Design, Buildings Become Tools for Recovery

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Photo by James Chance
The practice is rooted in the belief that an unfriendly built environment can be triggering for people with a history of trauma.
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Bitterroot | July 2019

Outreach Teams Have Police Helping, Not Arresting, Homeless People

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Illustration by Izabela Gabrielson
Police departments across the country view these specialty units as a way to curb the unsheltered crisis.
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Bitterroot | June 2019

Growth Is Impacting Western Mayors

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Illustration by Yebel Mosqueda
Denver’s election shows how development booms put incumbents at risk.
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Bitterroot | April 2019

Cheap, Fast, But Temporary

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Illustration by Lauren D'Agostino
The mixed results of tiny homes for those experiencing homelessness.
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5280 | March 2019

It’s a Man’s World—But It Doesn’t Have to Be

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Photo by Timothy Devine
Could Denver become the first city in the country to be designed for women?
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Bitterroot | January 2019

Polis Leads An LGBTQ Political Charge

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When the rainbow wave swept LGBTQ candidates into office during the 2018 election, it crested in an unlikely place.
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The Guardian | August 2018

Would You Hike On A Former Nuclear Weapons Site?

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Photo by Chet Strange
Amid plutonium fears, schools ban visits to new Colorado wildlife refuge.
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5280 Health | January 2017

The Nurses Helping Survivors Of Sexual Assault

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Illustration by Naftali Beder
Specially trained nurses offer the best medical attention to this vulnerable population. So why does only one hospital in the state of Colorado make these professionals part of its regular staff?
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5280 | November 2016

Why Does Our Legal System Still Put Kids In Chains?

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Illustration by Curt Merlo
Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia have stopped using restraints on juveniles. Colorado isn’t one of them.
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5280 | November 2015

Our Town: Homelessness In Denver

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Photo by Terry Ratzlaff
Tonight, more than 6,000 people in the metro area won’t have homes of their own to sleep in. Even more are on the verge of homelessness because of rising housing costs and a surging population. Think it couldn’t happen to you?
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5280 | September 2015

The Canyon Of Why

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Illustration by Emiliano Ponzi
Stigma, silence, and fear have long dominated the issue of suicide. None of these will help reduce Colorado’s tragically high rate. But as I learned by working through my own family’s tragedy, the voices of those who have survived just might.
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5280 | April 2014

The Girls Next Door

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Illustration by Frank Stockton
In 2012, President Barack Obama said the fight against human trafficking was “one of the great human rights causes of our time.” So why are so many Colorado children still being exploited?
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5280 | April 2013

Essay: Coming To America

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The road to U.S. citizenship is long—but it’s worth the drive.
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5280 | September 2011

Essay: Keeping The Faith

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Illustration by Rachell Sumpter
How the annual arrival of Rosh Hashanah and other holidays enriches my relationship with Judaism.
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5280 | March 2011

Two Steps Back: The Cliff Effect

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Illustration by Mario Wagner
Why women working in low-income jobs are turning down raises and promotions to keep their families afloat.
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