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Air Force Academy Superintendent Wants Overall Review

Former Air Force Cadet Eric Thomas walks through the cadet dorms Tuesday, May 28, 2013, the day before the Class of 2013 graduates at the Air Force Academy. Thomas, who was a confidential imformant and critical to several convictions, was kicked out of the academy in March, less than months short of graduating.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Follow up to The Gazette’s reporting on the Air Force Academy’s cadet informant program:

The Air Force Academy superintendent plans a top-to-bottom review of admissions, recruiting, graduation and disenrollment following a Dec. 1 investigation by The Gazette that showed the Air Force operated a system of cadet informants. Link to full article: Air Force Academy superintendent wants overall review. Continue Reading →

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Harold Fields receives MLK Humanitarian Award

Harold Fields, a member of the I-News board of directors, today received a humanitarian award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commission. Fields was a systems engineer for IBM who managed the team that built the prototype for spreadsheet technology. He developed the software that drove the first laser video disk, and he managed teams in robotics and artificial intelligence. He was a project director for Frontier Airlines and United Airlines, where he was a chief designer of the Apollo Reservation System, and the leading hotel and travel agent reservation systems.

Fields was a founder of Multi-Racial Families of Colorado, and he leads a monthly racial dialogue in Denver. In addition to serving on the I-News board of directors, Fields is a board member for the national Coming to the Table organization that brings together descendants of former slaves and slave owners. Continue Reading →

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I-News awarded major grant for health reporting project

The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded a three-year, $425,000 grant to the I-News Network in support of in-depth, data-based journalism on key health and medical care issues facing Colorado. The grant will be used to cover operating expenses of the I-News Health Reporting Project, including a full-time editor and a reporter skilled in data analysis and in-depth multimedia journalism. “I-News is dedicated to helping millions of Coloradans have access to journalism that illuminates serious issues and inspires people to fix problems,” said I-News executive director Laura Frank. “So many of the most urgent and complex issues facing our state today are related to health. I’m confident this grant will lead to journalism that makes a difference.”

“The in-depth news stories produced by I-News serve as an important information source for Coloradans about health topics,” said Kelly Dunkin, vice president for philanthropy at the Colorado Health Foundation. Continue Reading →

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Are you a Political Ad Sleuth?

Have you noticed all the political ads on TV lately? Ever wonder who – and who’s money – is behind those ads? Become a political ad sleuth. Complete records of political advertising data are maintained at TV stations across the country. Even though the Federal Communications Commission now requires stations to post these files online, most stations don’t have to post until 2014. Continue Reading →

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I-News seeking Development Director

I-News is currently seeking a smart, forward-thinking, enthusiastic person with excellent development and communication skills – who has a passion for democracy, community and the public’s right to know – to join our team as Development Director. The Development Director is responsible for I-News’ revenue development processes:

Developing I-News’ annual fundraising plan
Leading development and growth of I-News’ individual donor program
Research to identify new individual, foundation, corporate and other prospects. Working with staff/board/volunteers to develop fundraising events
Working with staff to prepare grant proposals and reports

Status: This is a flex-time contract position. It is envisioned as a part-time position. Salary: Salary depends on experience. Continue Reading →

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Obesity in Colorado rising, study says

By Burt Hubbard
I-News Network

The leanest state in the nation has set a new, unsettling record. For the first time, more than one in five Coloradans is obese, according to a new report by The Colorado Health Foundation released Thursday. Data and accompanying files for download
Heath Report Card chart in Excel format
Obesity by Colorado County chart in Excel format
A searchable database widget:
The widgets in action: Obesity Chart and Health Report Card

Control or option click to download the embed code as a text file: Adult Obesity Rates in Colorado’s Counties and Regions
Control or option click to download the embed code as a text file: Health Indicators From the Colorado Health Report Card by the Colorado Health Foundation

Maps showing occurrence percentages of obesity in Colorado and the U.S.

Contact information for across the state
Contact names and numbers in Rich Text Format file

An analysis by I-News Network found obesity rates varied widely by region in Colorado. When it comes to obesity, Colorado is a tale of two states. On the eastern plains, nearly one in three adults is obese. Continue Reading →

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Journalism Foundation renews support for I-News

If you have been keeping up with I-News, you know that we were born two years ago with the help of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. EEJF gave I-News its first major grant – and launched a nonprofit news network that has made a measurable difference in Colorado. We are thrilled to announce that EEJF has renewed our $100,000 grant for a third year. The mission of EEJF, based in Oklahoma City, is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. We are honored by the continued support of this foundation. Continue Reading →

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