For all of you who have supported I-News with your hearts, minds and pocketbooks, we thought you'd like to know what impact you've had.
You have helped in-depth news and information flourish in Colorado – and that has led to some significant and real differences in the lives of Coloradans. Here are some examples.
- More doctors now disclose drug company payments after I-News helped Colorado Public Radio report hidden funding, allowing patients to make better-informed decisions.
- Lawmakers changed tax law after I-News helped the Denver Post reveal that movie stars and developers were getting tax breaks meant for farmers and ranchers.
- Legislative leaders called for a state audit after I-News helped EdNews and other partners show that online elementary and high schools get millions in tax money even though half their students leave within a year.
That's some significant impact from a startup journalism nonprofit.
And it comes on top of equally significant impact from the first journalism we produced last year:
- University and law enforcement officials do more to protect students after I-News helped Rocky Mountain PBS and other media report that some schools withheld information about assaults on campus.
- Legislation was introduced after I-News helped its media partners uncover dangerous and illegal treatment of hazardous electronic waste unknown even to regulators.
Around the nation, people are concerned about the survival of serious, in-depth journalism. But here in Colorado, we're sustaining journalism that makes a difference.
Here's to an even better 2012!
– The I-News Team