We invite your help in creating an organization that will produce the factual, even-handed, quality reporting on Colorado news and issues, which are essential for informed citizens to run a healthy democracy and thriving economy. We concentrate on news you need, and that you can’t find elsewhere — because you need journalists to find it. We stick to the facts, and leave the opinions to the public.
Some examples of CPN’s impact so far:
- CPN has warned hundreds of thousands of Coloradans about price-gouging in medicine. Many people in the state are paying $2000 to $3500 for an MRI when they could be paying $450. CPN found the same kind of overpricing in medical equipment and a top-selling pharmaceutical drug. Across the state, people are saving money, but much more needs to be reported for Coloradans to truly understand they should stop trusting and start shopping around.
- CPN warned citizens not to assume they’ll be able to find a family doctor when they need one. A CPN investigation found only one-third of 100 state primary care doctors who accept Medicare would take a new patient without restrictions. CPN reporting has found that even younger people face a shortage of family doctors, who are essential in staving off our major diseases.
- CPN uncovered a staff shortage in state government that is holding up much-needed oil and gas jobs. The same agency is simultaneously drawing criticism for not doing enough to preserve Colorado’s clean air.
- CPN did the first in-depth reporting on why Grand Junction’s healthcare system is one of the highest-quality, lowest-cost in the nation. The reporting uncovered lessons that health care professionals and government officials across the state are attempting to replicate, to improve our health and drive down costs.
It’s time to expand this track record into coverage of all issues of importance to Coloradans.
CPN now has a track record of a year of excellent weekly reporting on health care, funded by The Colorado Trust, one of the state’s largest foundations. CPN is ready to replicate this high-quality reporting across other subjects. We hope to draw funding for wide-ranging coverage, from public affairs to the economy, science, health, education, energy, the environment, the arts.
Our news is distributed on www.ColoradoPublicNews.org and through 30 media statewide, which have learned to trust in CPN’s accuracy and fairness. CPN partners include seven newspapers, and five television and 18 radio stations, as well as their websites. Beyond state boundaries, CPN’s high-quality journalism has been published by the websites of the Los Angeles Times, PBS NewsHour and the Huffington Post.
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