Colorado Times Recorder

The Colorado Times Recorder was launched in 2016 to help fill the information gap created by the declining number of news outlets and reporters in Colorado. We also cover our state’s congressional delegation in Washington DC.

We aim to be fair and accurate. Our work is nonpartisan, with a progressive orientation, which means we emphasize coverage of Colorado stories that advance or illuminate the progressive values of freedom, justice, responsibility, opportunity, and equality.

We accept opinion pieces and story ideas from readers. Submit them in any format—text, photos, audio, video, graphics–here.

But we don’t want–and won’t post–factual errors or other misinformation. To that end, we do our best to vet all of our posts for accuracy and basic decency.

And we’ll readily correct all errors that we—or you—discover.

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All our articles are free for republishing on print or digital platforms, as long a tagline is added stating that the piece originally appeared in the Colorado Times Recorder–with a link to our news site.

Citations

The Colorado Times Recorder has been linked and/or named in stories that appeared in ABC News, Alternet, Anonymous Qanon Podcast, Aspen Daily News, Aurora Sentinel, Axios Denver, Boulder Daily Camera, Business Insider, CBS News, CBSN, CNN, Colorado Independent, Colorado Newsline, ColoradoPolitics, Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Sun, Columbia Journalism Review, Daily Beast, Denver ABC affiliate News7, Denver NBC affiliate 9News (and here), The Denver Post, Evergreen Canyon Courier, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fox News, the Hill, Jezebel, Kaiser Health News, London Daily Mail, Los Angeles NBC affiliate NBCLA, MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC All In With Chris Hayes, National Catholic Reporter, NBC News, Newsweek, New York Post, New York Times (and here), Politico, Politico Magazine, Politifact, Radio INK, Raw Story (and here and here), Right Wing Watch, San Francisco Gate, Snopes, The Nation, Vanity Fair, Washington Examiner, Washington Post (and here and here), Westword, Yahoo! News, and others.

We were once retweeted by LeBron James.

Our Team

Editor and Founder

Jason Salzman. Jason is a progressive journalist, blogger, and former media critic for the Rocky Mountain News. Jason’s columns twice received Denver Press Club/Denver Newspaper Guild awards.  He is the author of three books: Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits; (with Ben Cohen, of Ben and Jerry’s) 50 Ways You Can Show George the Door in 2004; and (with Michael Huttner) 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America. Jason’s chapter, “Journalism and the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming,” was published in How the West Was Warmed (Fulcrum, 2009). He also co-authored a chapter, “A Search for Soma in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula,” in Fly Agaric: A compendium of History Pharmacology, Mythology, and Exploration (Fly Agaric Press, 2020). He’s a co-author of, “Local TV News: Getting Away with Murder,” which appeared in the Harvard Journal on Press/Politics (1997). Jason’s articles have appeared in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Philanthropy, ColoradoPolitics.com, The Denver Post,  Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Nonprofit World, Shaman’s Drum, Sierra, Utne Reader, and elsewhere. Jason co-founded Rocky Mountain Media Watch, a nonprofit organization that holds the news media to their own professional standards. Jason is co-author of UrbanMushrooms.com, which is an online guide to mushroom hunting in cities, and Wild Mushrooms of Telluride, a guide to the fungus that grows around the city of Telluride, Colorado. Jason is a past president of the Colorado Mycological Society, and for five years, he was a co-director of the Telluride Mushroom Festival, which his father founded. He is co-founder of Effect Communications. Reach him at jason at coloradotimesrecorder.com or on Twitter at @bigmediablogger.

Writers

Erik Maulbetsch. Erik is a progressive investigative reporter. He writes largely on Colorado politics and policy, with a focus on right-wing extremists, hate groups, disinformation, and conspiracy theorists. His reporting has appeared in stories by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, Politico, ESPN, Dow Jones Wire, The Denver Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Houston Chronicle.  He has also worked as a research analyst for Freedom For All Americans, a national organization working for nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans, and as communications director of the ACLU of Colorado. He has also worked as a research and communications consultant and as a magazine editor. Reach him by email at [email protected].

Madeleine Schmidt. Madeleine is a progressive journalist and social media specialist. Her writing covers Colorado politics and policy with a focus on reproductive health, rights, and justice. She graduated from Colorado College in 2016 with a degree in Comparative Literature and Journalism. In Colorado Springs, she worked in the newsroom at KRCC, southern Colorado’s NPR affiliate, before moving to Denver to pursue a career in journalism and advocacy. In addition to the Colorado Times Recorder and KRCC, her work has appeared in Rewire, Jezebel, BigMedia.org, The Colorado Springs Independent, and ColoradoPols.com. Reach her by email at [email protected]

Michael Lund. Michael is a blogger, policy researcher, and former public school teacher. His posts have appeared on BigMedia.org and ColoradoPols. Reach him @Michaelund1.

Sean Price. Sean is a progressive journalist based in Denver, Colorado. He studied political science and journalism at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, where he wrote for the Pacific Northwest Inlander. Reach him by email at [email protected]

Code of Ethics

At the Colorado Times Recorder, we strive to bring a nonpartisan progressive perspective to Colorado politics and current events through honest, accurate, and fair reporting. We’re dedicated to calling out intolerance, extremism, hypocrisy, and misinformation, and bringing you stories that you won’t find anywhere else. We approach our work with compassion and integrity, aiming to advance a more equitable and fair Colorado while maintaining our commitment to the truth. 

Political orientation: The Colorado Times Recorder has a progressive political orientation. That means we write from a progressive political perspective and use our core values of equity, justice, and fairness to guide our work. We strive to be accurate and fair while being transparent and acknowledging that our writers have a point of view. That includes allowing people and institutions a chance to respond before we publish a story that casts them in a negative light. We are not affiliated with a political party. 

Corrections and updates: See a factual error in our work? CTR encourages its readers to reach out with corrections or any other issues at [email protected]. We’ll fix any errors as quickly as possible, and because transparency is important to us, we’ll be sure to indicate when a piece has been corrected. We also routinely update stories with new information or additional comments from sources. 

Opinions: We welcome well-thought-out, factually accurate opinion submissions from across the political spectrum. Find our submissions form here

Praise

In an article headlined, “QAnon Looms Behind Nationwide Rallies and Viral #SaveTheChildren Hashtags,” NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins reported: “Regardless of their public online postings and event pages, local media coverage of the events has been widespread and credulous, almost never mentioning the events’ QAnon connections. A few local television and radio stations have advertised lists of the events on their news websites. “The Colorado Times Recorder served as an outlier with its report last week: “Denver Anti-Child Sex Trafficking March Rooted in QAnon Conspiracy Theories.” (Emphasis added.)

The Colorado Times Recorder deserves “accolades in their roles for fighting intolerance, bigotry and creeping fascism, especially as it comes in [the] form of right-wing media.” — Craig Silverman, a columnist for the Colorado Sun.

“Great work… I’m amazed at what you are able to cover and how others don’t address some of the same stories,” Aaron Harber, host of the Aaron Harber Show, a public affairs program.

Jason Salzman “does some of the best work out there, I believe.” — ColoradoPolitics reporter Joey Bunch.

“No one in Colorado is harder on me than Jason Salzman. A noted Colorado blogger, Jason is as hard left progressive as I am hard right conservative. But I’m cool with Jason b/c with him it’s never personal. He attacks my words, my ideas, but not ME. Those are very different things. If he decides to come after something I’ve said or typed Jason first picks up the phone, calls me & says, ‘Derrick, its Jason. I’m going to publish a piece about [whatever I’ve done to irk him this week] but before I did wanted to get your perspective.’” – Derrick Wilburn, former vice-chair, Colorado Republican Party.

Contact

Email us at [email protected] or see staff biographies above to reach any of us individually. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Office Address

Colorado Times Recorder, 1836 Blake Street, #201, Denver, CO, 80202.

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