To provide the people who live, work, learn and play in and around Boulder, Colorado, with high-quality, trustworthy, local-first reporting and essential information to make sense of issues and events happening around them, navigate their lives and build community.
The Boulder Reporting Lab was conceived to fill a gap in Boulder-local, public interest daily journalism. We’re among the only independent, nonprofit, digitally native news organizations in our city and county. We believe local journalism is a public good, vital to a healthy, thriving and equitable community and local economy. Our work will be data-driven, solutions-focused and service-oriented. And, it will be free to consume for all. To provide this public service, we will rely on the support of philanthropic donors, readers and sponsors.
The Google News Initiative’s Local Experiments Project, which seeks to support innovative new models for journalism, provided our initial funding and is providing technical and product expertise. This support will last up to two years. GNI has zero involvement or influence in any of our editorial decisions. Neither will any of our funders. (Read more about our editorial and transparency policies.) We’re also part of Village Media’s Publisher Services Program, which will provide revenue and audience growth services.
Our tax identification number is 87-1232586. Once our tax exempt status is approved, all donations received by readers, donors and sponsors will be tax deductible, to the fullest extent allowable by law, retroactive to the date of our incorporation (May 26, 2021). One-hundred percent of your donation goes to fund our journalism!
How it will work
We’ll be publishing in-depth stories and news coverage, along with an a.m. newsletter that will seek to keep you informed and connected on issues you care most about. (Learn about our priority coverage areas.) All you have to do is:
Bookmark our website. Our original reporting and storytelling will be published here first once we launch. You’ll find exclusive stories and news briefs.
Sign up for our newsletter to get updates about our launch, and to get:
- BRL Today. A tidy a.m. newsletter of the most compelling stories, information and events to keep you informed locally, delivered (to start) a few mornings a week.
- BRL Weekly A weekly newsletter of all the original stories we publish during the week, delivered every Saturday.
What we will strive to bring
- Quality, non-partisan reporting that digs beneath the surface on issues of public importance and uncovers effective solutions to problems.
Shrinking staff and resources at legacy newspapers have left reporting gaps in our communities. We will fill gaps locally by digging deep on issues of greatest community concern and pride across our beautiful city. We engage directly with our community to ensure we’re meeting actual information needs and interests, not our own whims or the political horse race of the day. We believe high-quality, fact-based local journalism and information can be a unifying force, sparking new conversation and connection, understanding, solutions and action.
- Important community information, curated.
We live in an information-rich community. It can feel overwhelming to navigate. In our newsletter, we will carefully curate the most useful local information. We will comb through thousands of social posts, press releases, reports and other content from non-news sources every day so you don’t have to. We will elevate, in digestible snippets, what you need to know. We will invite the community to take part in this work to hold us accountable and ensure we are elevating diverse sources and perspectives.
- A living laboratory for public service hyperlocal journalism.
We’re building a community-driven funding model for news to serve our community and inform our industry. We aim to position Boulder as a model for financially sustainable, impactful and equitable local nonprofit journalism. We see our city, with innovation in its DNA, as a fertile testing ground for replicable solutions to our nation’s local news crisis.
Meet our (growing) newsroom
We’re the journalists of the Boulder Reporting Lab. Want to join us? We’re hiring!
Our editorial policy and transparency
We adhere to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support. Editorial decisions are made by journalists and editors alone. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.
Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
As a nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses.
Our organization will make public all one-time donations of $1,000 or more. We will avoid accepting charitable donations from anonymous sources in excess of $5,000, political parties, elected officials or candidates seeking public office. If our board of directors deems a donation presents a conflict of interest with our work or will compromise our independence, we will not accept that donation.
Nonprofit newsrooms that are members of the Institute for Nonprofit News pledge to be transparent about the funding of their news operations and maintain editorial independence from all revenue sources to ensure news judgments are made in the interest of the communities they serve as journalists.
We also adhere to the code of ethics of the Society for Professional Journalists.