SPJ, Arapahoe Community College to Host Media Literacy Panel


SPJ Colorado Pro and Arapahoe Community College will host a media literacy virtual panel Wednesday. Oct. 14 from noon to 1 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Access it via Zoom at www.Arapahoe.edu/writerstudio, and scroll down page for link.

Panelists will be Doug Bell, president of Colorado SPJ Pro; State Rep. Lisa Cutter, D-Jefferson County; Lisa Blake; Marianne Goodland; and Ross Taylor.

More information: Contact Andrea Mason — andrea.mason@arapahoe.edu

Denver Gazette to Join Media Landscape Sept. 14

By ERIN POWELL 8/26/2020
9News KUSA

There will be a new player in Denver’s media landscape.

The Denver Gazette, an online-only newspaper, will launch Sept. 14. Publisher Chris Reen called this a “next-generation newspaper,” and said the product combines the best of both worlds.

“It is a full newspaper,” he said in an interview with Next with Kyle Clark ahead of the formal announcement. “But it will also be very interactive with multimedia.”

The idea is that a reader can flip through pages of this newspaper, section-by-section (the normal stuff, like local news, world news, sports, politics, commentary, etc.). Unlike a physical paper, though, the reader can click on photographs to open a gallery, or opt to use the audio function to have news read aloud.

Also unlike a physical paper, there are no printing costs. A fully-edited digital publication will be posted to the site every morning at 5 a.m.

Denver Gazette is owned by billionaire Phil Anschutz’s Clarity Media, the same parent company behind various publications nationwide and throughout the state, like Colorado Politics, 9NEWS’ content partner, and The Gazette in Colorado Springs. The media group’s editorial tone tends to lean conservative.

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How an Interactive TV Show Entertained and Informed Danish Teens During Lockdown

This case study is part of Resilience Reports, a series from the European Journalism Centre about how news organizations across Europe are adjusting their daily operations and business strategies as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. 

By Tara Kelly, Via Poynter Institute

In a nutshell: Koncentrat developed a TV show that aired online and on regional television stations to help inform students about key media literacy concepts.

When Denmark’s schools closed in March as a precaution against the coronavirus, teachers scrambled to come up with remote teaching materials for their students. For Danish news startup Koncentrat, this presented a perfect opportunity to expose its archive of news articles and didactic materials and help teachers build lesson plans around the topics of media literacy and current affairs.

In addition to opening up its content to non-subscribers and continuing its successful “youth correspondents” network, the team created a daily 35-minute educational program that aired on YouTube, Facebook and Danish regional television. The show’s success means Koncentrat now expects to double the number of schools subscribing to its content over the next 12 months.

Here, Tara Kelly of the European Journalism Centre explains how the Copenhagen-based news startup conceived and filmed the show while adhering to strict social distancing rules.

What is Koncentrat?

Founded in 2017, Koncentrat is a Danish news media startup designed to help young people think critically about important and newsworthy topics. Aimed at 13-to-17-year-olds, it was founded as a collaboration between journalists and specialists in didactics (the theory of teaching). Journalists write explanatory news articles about current affairs, and teachers create assignments to be used in school lessons alongside these articles.

All students and teachers in the Danish education system use a digital ID system — called UNI-login — to access educational services and teaching materials. Koncentrat sells subscription packages to schools and regional education authorities across Denmark and makes its teaching materials available via UNI-login. The downside of this approach is that organizations from outside the education sector cannot purchase or access its content.

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More Honors for Recent SPJ Colorado Pro Award Winner

From Tina Griego, Colorado Independent

Susan Greene

Susan Greene has been selected as a 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow.

Among the group of eight fellows selected, she was also chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism — a partnership between The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR).

Susan applied for the fellowship based in part on her pre-COLab reporting collaboration with the Rio Blanco Herald Times on the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill man. Among those in the community who recommended her for the fellowship was the police officer who pulled the trigger. That tells you a lot about Susan’s work and why the selection committee was so impressed.

The committee said of the eight new fellows: “Each of you, your passion for mental health and your project have been bright lights in dark times.”

Call for Nominations for SPJ Colorado Officers, Board


Elections Chair

SPJ Colorado Pro


The self-nomination period is open for the five positions up for election on the board of SPJ Colorado Pro: four directors at-large and the secretary.

Board meetings are held monthly, and board members currently are meeting virtually. Board members may reside anywhere in Colorado, and must be members in good standing with national SPJ and the Colorado Professional Chapter.

To indicate your willingness to run for a position and to serve on the board, please e-mail deb.hurley.brobst@gmail.com with your name, the position you are interested in, a photo, a biography of no more than 250 words, and a statement of no more than 200 words explaining why you want to be on the board.


  • Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.
  • Election information will be e-mailed to all members of Colorado Pro on June 25, and members will have until 5 p.m. July 3 to cast ballots. If there are no contested elections, I will declare those who have self-nominated to be new members of the board.
  • If you have any questions about the process, the duties or how you can get involved with SPJ Colorado Pro — whether as a board member or as a volunteer — please contact me at 303-601-8098 or at deb.hurley.brobst@gmail.com.



Position: Secretary
Term of office: 2 years
Duties: The secretary maintains a log including meeting dates, meeting minutes, pertinent business transacted; maintains an up-to-date roster of all members with notation of their status regarding local and national dues; sends out meeting notices and other communications as directed by the president or as required by the SPJ National. 

Position: Members of the board of directors — four positions are open
Term of office: 2 years
Duties: The board is responsible for the general direction and planning of chapter activities. Board members are required to attend board meetings and participate in the chapter’s professional development programming.