Denver, Colorado, United States • Founded in 1892 • Trust Project news partner since
The Denver Post is a daily newspaper and website that covers local news for the Denver, Colorado area as well as offer coverage on global news of note.
The Denver Post originally aspired to perform as a local news and feature outlet for Denver. Today, it seeks to inform and capture the attention of a diverse digital, print and video audience.
The Post acknowledges that its early reporting did not meet the standards it now holds itself to as an independent, unbiased publication with balanced views and comprehensive storytelling. Its editorial silence amid the Teapot Dome political scandal, its early tolerance of the Ku Klux Klan, and xenophobic treatment of German and Japanese immigrants during wartime marked professional lows for the publication. Over the past few decades, The Post has taken steps to rectify those failures through diverse staffing policies and adherence to rigorous journalistic practices and standards of reporting.
The Denver Post strives to be Colorado’s most trusted source for information within the community.
The Denver Post commits to reporting with fairness, accuracy and transparency. Stories are multi-sourced, facts are triple-checked and issue coverage is balanced with views and sources of different backgrounds, beliefs and understanding.
The Denver Post is owned by the hedge fund, Alden Global Capital, which acquired the publication's parent company, MediaNews Group, in 2010. As a private company, MediaNews Group makes business decisions that keep shareholders in mind, but editorial decisions are independent.
The Denver Post aims to build a culture of inclusivity by training journalists to diversify their source lists, listen to communities that are underrepresented in their coverage and pitch stories that combat racial stereotypes. They will additionally create opportunities for reporters to host and attend events where they seek diverse opinions and feedback on coverage. The publication also actively ensures that their recruitment practices reach candidates in underrepresented communities so that diversity is represented in their staff.
The publication promptly corrects all significant errors that are brought to the attention of its editors. Online stories will be fixed immediately after errors are found. Updates on developing stories are only noted in rare cases. Each story includes the timestamp of original publication and the timestamp when it was last updated. Stories containing a material error that would significantly affect a reader’s understanding of a story will have a correction appended as soon as the correction is approved by editors.
The use of anonymous sources is a last resort. Anonymity is granted only to protect sources who could be harmed (physically or financially) from exposing hidden truths. Editors must approve all uses of anonymous sources and reporters are expected to characterize the source's accessibility to information as well as credibility. Reporters will disclose the identify the source to their editors. Before an anonymous source is used, reporters and editors will look at whether the source’s information could or should be substantiated by other sources. Reporters will also look at whether the source’s information serves a personal agenda that overrides the greater public interest.
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