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The Colorado Sun is a reader-supported, journalist-owned news  outlet focused on investigative, explanatory and narrative journalism.
The Colorado Sun is a reader-supported, journalist-owned news outlet focused on investigative, explanatory and narrative journalism.
2,622 backers pledged $161,493 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you, Colorado!

Your support over these last 30 days has been nothing short of incredible. We've doubled our original goal and contributed to three stretch goals for visual journalism, the battle for public records and our effort to keep our coverage stretching from border to border.

We're launching later this summer, but we want you to stay in touch as we continue building The Sun.

We're so excited to start publishing the kind of journalism worthy of your support. Thanks again and we'll see you out there!

(Note: If you chose to receive any merchandise, you will be receiving an email survey soon asking for your preferences before shipping.)

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A new day in local journalism.

Local news is in crisis. In an era when hedge funds and billionaires are too often calling the shots, there is a new opportunity for people to help keep fact-based local news coverage alive.

Here comes The Colorado Sun.

The Colorado Sun is a community-supported, journalist-owned team focused on investigative, explanatory and narrative journalism for a state in the midst of a massive evolution. Our goal is to inform, engage and entertain readers from the Western Slope to the Eastern Plains and up and down the Front Range by shining light on the news that matters. The Sun will cover the stories that others miss, from politics, business and the environment to what it means to live the Colorado lifestyle.

Oh, and there won’t be any ads.

Stretch goal #3: Telling all of Colorado's stories

We hit our public records stretch goal and now we're on to our most ambitious goal yet to finish out this campaign. We're looking to get to $200,000 before 7/15 to boost our budget for covering the entire state of Colorado, with talented, shoeleather reporting from our experienced staff and local writers who know their regions better than anyone. We've got more details on this goal here. You've already shown your support so far, Colorado, so help us finish this out with a bang!

Stretch goal #2: Public records and data

Money raised by the next 500 supporters of our Kickstarter will spearhead our fight for public records that can expose everything from misuse of public funds to how governments make decisions, and to help establish the underpinnings of stories that are going untold around Colorado. While most forms of data and records are legally available to the public, in practice governments will often use the threat of prohibitive legal fees and excessive research charges — that can range into the thousands of dollars — to scare news organizations off of the data. Please read our update about this new stretch goal.

(And as an extra reward for the support so far, we're also tossing in a sweet Colorado Sun sticker for any backer who wants one!)

STRETCH GOAL: Photo, illustration and graphics — complete!

Wow Colorado! Three days in and we've hit our goal with 1,201 backers. Thank you! Funds raised from the next 500 supporters will be dedicated to increasing our budget for photography, illustration, data visualization and design. Every dollar pledged by the next 500 people will go directly to hiring freelancers to help improve The Colorado Sun's storytelling. Tell a friend!

Who we are

Our names will be familiar to many of you because we are Colorado, just like you. We are some of Colorado’s most experienced, prize-winning journalists, and we’re ready to cover the stories that others overlook.

Larry Ryckman, Editor Larry Ryckman is a former Moscow correspondent, national editor and assistant managing editor for The Associated Press. He most recently was senior editor for news at The Denver Post; previous top editing gigs in Colorado Springs and Greeley. Juggling and unicycle riding upon request. @larryryckman

Dana Coffield, Editor Colorado native Dana Coffield edited at papers ranging from the Louisville Times to the Rocky Mountain News. She directed theater shooting coverage that led to The Denver Post’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize, but is happier about stories about water and the environment. She lives and keeps bees in Lafayette. @danacoffield

Eric Lubbers, Digital + Strategy Eric Lubbers is a Yuma native who has been in Colorado newsrooms since 2005. He’s worn many hats, from reporter to developer to newsroom cheerleader. He created the Mile High Roundup to help demystify news, a mission he brings to The Sun. He lives in Denver with his girlfriend and a new puppy. @brofax

Jason Blevins, Writer Jason Blevins has spent the past two decades traversing Colorado's high country on skis, bikes, boats and Toyotas, chasing stories for The Denver Post. He lives in Eagle with his wife, two daughters and a dog named Gravy. @jasonblevins

Jennifer Brown, Writer Jennifer Brown specializes in stories that give voice to marginalized people, often writing about the child welfare system, mental illness and social injustice. She has worked at The Denver Post and The Associated Press, but her first real newspaper job was at The Hungry Horse News. She grew up in Montana, graduated from The University of Montana and has lived in Colorado since 2005. @JenBrownColo

Tamara Chuang, Writer Tamara Chuang loves tackling technical topics and explaining how modern technology affects readers. She's covered technology for two decades, most recently for The Denver Post. Her interests include cybersecurity, mobile tech and local news but really, she just enjoys figuring out how stuff works and using words, graphics and video to tell a story. @Gadgetress

John Ingold, Writer John Ingold grew up in Colorado Springs and has spent his life traveling in and writing about Colorado. 2015 Pulitzer finalist. 2007 World Series watcher. He appeared in the documentary "Rolling Papers,” where a film critic described him as, “a total Poindexter,” which seems about right. @JohnIngold

Kevin Simpson, Writer Kevin Simpson has covered Colorado in capacities ranging from sports writer to metro columnist to specialist in long-form narrative. For 33 years at the Denver Post he has given voice to unique people, issues and subcultures as varied as bull riding, storm chasing and juvenile justice. @KevinJourno

The Colorado Sun runs on Civil

We were fortunate to find partners interested in creating a new model for local journalism. Civil is getting us started with some financial and technical backing, but the news will be sourced, reported, edited and published right here in Colorado and we're going to need your help. To learn more about Civil’s public-interest model and see more of the independent newsrooms launching in Civil’s First Fleet, visit joincivil.com.

By ditching the intrusive ads that clutter most news sites, The Colorado Sun will rely on local supporters and subscribers who want to understand and appreciate what’s happening in Colorado.

We’re lean and mean, so every subscription or donation dollar we get will be going directly into the resources, records requests and other expenses needed to tell Colorado’s stories with thoroughness and style.

We hope you’ll come along for this ride, and that you’ll be an active participant in -- and hopefully a financial supporter of -- the vibrant conversations to come.

Remember our name: The Colorado Sun.

We’re rising.

Rewards preview

Supporters at every level can choose to receive some Colorado Sun swag, including the following (note: designs not final and are subject to change before shipping):

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Tote bag
T-shirt
T-shirt

Risks and challenges

We share the same risks that any news outlet faces: Making sure we receive enough support from readers to keep producing quality journalism.

This Kickstarter is a first step for readers to show support, but sustaining support via monthly donation after launch will be critical to our success.

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    Sun Sticker

    A sharp sticker to help show off your support of local journalism in Colorado.

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    For those who want to help but don't need a sticker. Your reward will be good vibes and good journalism.

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    (Colorado Sun)glasses

    We're going to be shining light all over Colorado, so you may want some protection. A pair of sunglasses with a subtle Colorado Sun logo emblazoned on the arm. Supporters of $20 or more will also receive a special subscription rate after launch.

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    Minimalist ($20)

    For those who want to help but don't need sunglasses. Your reward will be good vibes and good journalism. Supporters of $20 or more will also receive a special subscription rate after launch.

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    Colorado Sun Grocery Tote

    Take high quality journalism with you to the grocery store. Supporters of $20 or more will also receive a special subscription rate after launch.

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    Minimalist ($35)

    For those who want to help but don't need another tote. Your reward will be good vibes, your name on The Colorado Sun's "Supporters" page (but if you'd like the sunglasses, let us know). Supporters of $20 or more will also receive a special subscription rate after launch.

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    Colorado Sun T-shirt

    A sharp single-color print featuring The Colorado Sun on a high-quality T-shirt. Supporters of $20 or more will also receive a special subscription rate after launch.

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    Minimalist ($60)

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    Supporter

    Your choice of one or all of the swag, plus your name on The Colorado Sun's "Founding Supporters" page. Supporters of $20 or more will also receive a special subscription rate after launch.

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    One Colorado Sun tie/bowtie/scarf

    Backers at this level will receive one custom tie/bow tie/scarf from Denver cravateer Knotty Tie in the specially designed Colorado Sun pattern seen on our resident bow tie wearer, John Frank. (Optional perk: Bow tie lessons from John Frank himself)

    Get a preview of the print here: https://cosun.co/bowtie

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    Big Donors

    If you'd like to support The Colorado Sun with a large contribution, please contact us at newsroom@coloradosun.com.

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Funding period

- (30 days)