Hello fellow North Denverites! This issue marks the start of our 3rd year. Thank you for reading. Last year was rough on us, like it was on most small businesses, but we got through it in large part because of the support from so many community members. Thank you. As we embark on our 3rd year, we’ve continued to grow our team of writers and expand into new coverage. We also hope to continue growing in size to bring you even more news each month.
This issue is also an election issue. With so many ballot measures and candidates we thought it was important to dedicate much of the space to bring you unbiased information about what’s on your ballot. We don’t want to tell you how to vote, but we want to help you understand the questions on your ballot, so our articles attempt to show multiple perspectives to each issue. If you’re looking for more information, you should have received informational booklets from the state and the city on the ballot measures. Chalkbeat, an online news organization focused on education issues, also profiled all the school board candidates. Westword, Denver’s print and online alternative weekly newspaper, has some great coverage on dark money and the ballot measures. We tried to jam in as much as we could into our limited pages, but we encourage you to check out other publications’ coverage too.
Election issues also mean election ads. We reached out to every registered committee for candidates or measures and offered them all space. We’re of course appreciative of those who used us as part of their voter engagement efforts and spend money in their community instead of throwing more money at ads on online sites that spread disinformation like Facebook, but it’s also important to know that a campaign’s decision to buy an ad (or not) in no way influenced our coverage. As campaigns usually buy ads late, we didn’t know who was buying ads until after the articles were written.
This month, we’re also excited to announce the launch of our new sister publication: The G.E.S. Gazette. For the past two years, we’ve had residents east of I-25 encouraging us to include them. For a variety of reasons we didn’t feel it made sense to expand The Denver North Star, so instead we’ve launched a 2nd hyperlocal paper focused on the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods and the RiNo Art District. The G.E.S. Gazette is a fully bilingual English/Spanish newspaper that also comes out mid-month. You’ll see a few stories important to all our communities in both, but the majority of the content is specific to each area. If you’re interested, you can check it out online at or find a paper copy in the community.
Thank you again for reading — our team wants to write what you want to read, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with ideas, compliments, criticisms, and questions. Increasingly our stories are coming from questions community members want us to look into. You can always reach me directly at David@DenverNorthStar.com.