MATT CORTINA, Managing Editor at the Boulder Weekly, Boulder, Colorado's independent voice in newspapers, relates the challenges of being a professional journalist in the digital age. Part of the Media and Democracy forum at CU Boulder, April 23rd., 2019.
Boulder Weekly is an alternative newsweekly publication based in Boulder, Colorado. It was founded in 1993 and is known for its independent, progressive, and locally-focused journalism. The publication covers a wide range of topics, including local news, arts and culture, music, food, and environmental issues. Boulder Weekly serves as a platform for community voices and provides in-depth reporting on matters that are relevant to the Boulder area and its residents.
Key features and characteristics of Boulder Weekly:
- Local Focus: Boulder Weekly emphasizes local news and events, providing coverage of issues and stories that directly impact the Boulder community. It aims to be a reliable source of information for residents and visitors interested in staying informed about local happenings.
- Alternative Perspective: As an alternative newsweekly, Boulder Weekly offers perspectives that may not be widely covered by mainstream media outlets. It often focuses on stories that challenge the status quo and highlight underrepresented voices in the community.
- Arts and Culture Coverage: The publication features reviews and articles about local arts and cultural events, including theater performances, art exhibitions, music concerts, and film screenings.
- Environmental Reporting: Boulder Weekly pays special attention to environmental issues and sustainability matters, reflecting the community's strong environmental consciousness and commitment to preserving the natural beauty of the region.
- Community Engagement: The publication encourages community engagement and interaction. It offers a platform for community members to express their opinions through letters to the editor and guest opinion pieces.
- Events and Entertainment Listings: Boulder Weekly provides comprehensive event listings for concerts, festivals, lectures, and other happenings in the Boulder area, serving as a guide for residents looking for things to do.
- Independent Ownership: Boulder Weekly is locally owned and operated, which allows it to maintain editorial independence and focus on issues important to its readership without outside corporate influences.
Boulder Weekly has become an integral part of Boulder's media landscape, contributing to the vibrant and diverse community by keeping its readers informed, engaged, and connected with local events and issues. The publication continues to play a vital role in providing an alternative voice and fostering civic dialogue in the Boulder area.