BOULDER, CO – SEPTEMBER 28: Scenes around downtown on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (Timothy Hurst/Special to Boulder Reporting Lab)

The Boulder Reporting Lab is committed to covering the issues of greatest community importance, as determined by you, our community and neighbors.

We’ve interviewed many dozens of Boulder locals to get your take on where information gaps lie and where our journalism can make a difference. We won’t stop doing this work. We’ve heard from you about the need for solutions-focused reporting to help advance understanding of our thorniest challenges and how they can be solved. We’ve heard a clamoring not just for illuminating, data-driven, non-partisan reporting about our city’s problems, but stories about what’s good and working well, and who is making Boulder a better place.

These conversations have produced our initial priority coverage areas.

They are: climate change, local economy, food and culture, health, housing and schools.

We won’t be siloing any of these issues. Our city’s housing challenge is a climate issue, for instance — we can address both at the same time. Our local economy coverage will intersect with almost everything we cover. COVID-19 in our schools is an urgent concern that affects the health and vitality of our community. Equity will be at the core of our work.

As we gear up to launch, we encourage you to tell us about your coverage interests. Feel free to share story ideas, too. Some of our initial reporting came from this very process, and your insightful ideas continue to stream into our inbox.

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