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I-News Turns 2

By Laura Frank
The I-News Network

We’re celebrating the second anniversary of I-News with a look at the impact this nonprofit news organization has had already. I-News journalism has inspired Coloradans to change laws and lives. We’ve reached millions of people through our media partners, which include the most respected news outlets in the state. And we’re helping reshape the future of public-interest journalism. Colorado is at the forefront of the evolution of journalism. 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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I-News – and YOU – made a difference in 2011

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. Continue Reading →

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I-News joins with Piton and Denver foundations in Knight Foundation grant

Project will give public better access to public information
 

Here at I-News, an important part of our mission is to turn complex data and information into compelling journalism people can use to make decisions in a democracy. We’re thrilled to announce that we are joining with the Piton Foundation and The Denver Foundation in a project that will help us do even more of that. And today, we can announce that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Community Information Challenge has awarded the project $336,000, a challenge grant that will be matched by the partners involved. You might recall that Knight Foundation awarded I-News a Community Information Challenge grant to fund our startup last year. The new project will unlock data on education, health, and other pressing issues, and put it in the hands of residents seeking to change

their communities and news outlets seeking to inform those communities. Continue Reading →

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Thousands of struggling Colorado public school students unlikely to catch up

Thousands of Colorado school children are behind in math, reading, writing and science – and they might never catch up. This week, I-News helped our media partners throughout Colorado tell the story. I-News analyzed data from the Colorado Student Assessment Program for our media partners.The CSAP data are thousands of numbers that show how students in grades 3 through 10 perform in reading, writing, math and science. I-News boiled the numbers down, then shared them with our media partners statewide. Here’s some of what we found:

Nearly 87 percent of Colorado public school students who fail to meet state education standards in math are not on pace to catch up, according to an I-News analysis of the latest standardized testing results. Continue Reading →

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More Colorado Public School Students Reading, But Fewer Excel

By Burt Hubbard, I-News Network

More Colorado public school children are meeting state education standards for reading than they were 15 years ago, but fewer are excelling at the subject, an I-News Network analysis of new school testing scores shows. State education officials today (Aug. 3) released scores for the standardized Colorado Student Assessment Program tests – known as CSAPs – which showed the portion of fourth graders in state public schools who meet or surpass state reading requirements has risen 10 percentage points since testing began a decade and a half ago. An I-News analysis of those data show the gains appear to have stalled recently, though. Most reading gains came in the first decade of testing, the analysis shows. Continue Reading →

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I-News helps its partners make sense of the census

One of the most important things I-News does is help our media partners make sense of the census. It’s safe to say journalists have a love-hate relationship with the U.S. Census Bureau. Love the information. Hate how complicated, convoluted and complex it can be just to access the data, let alone start to analyze it. At I-News, we have three decades of census experience. Continue Reading →

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Census bonanza

Has I-News reached you? It has if you heard any of this news last week:
• Coloradans’ incomes dropped 9% in the past decade. • Child poverty doubled in Greeley. • Colorado (on a lighter note) has two of the nation’s top three cities for bike-to-work commuters. The first salvo of new Census data is out and I-News is analyzing and distributing it to media across Colorado. Continue Reading →

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