Seeking clarity in Pitkin County, Colorado. Photo: Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism
Aspen Journalism is an independent nonprofit news organization.
Our mission is to produce investigative journalism in the local public interest, as well-informed citizens make better decisions.
We cover the Roaring Fork River watershed in western Colorado, with an emphasis on Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County.
We collaborate with other local media organizations on in-depth and investigative stories and projects.
We’re supported by people who appreciate investigative reporting and have a stake in the Aspen area.
1280 Ute Avenue, Suite 4
Aspen, C0 81611
Phone: (970) NINE48-1930
Aspen Journalism staff
Editor and executive director of Aspen Journalism since January, 2011. Also an Aspen Journalism board member. Brent has gained journalism and/or nonprofit experience working at the Aspen Daily News, The Aspen Times, Aspen Public Radio, the Roaring Fork Sunday, KSNO, Aspen.com and ProPublica. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Aspen Journalism board
Tim McFlynn, chair
Executive director of Public Counsel of the Rockies, the chair of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board, and a Manaus Fund board member.
An Aspen-based investment adviser, the former co-publisher of The Aspen Times, and a Manaus Fund board member.
Aspen Journalism advisory board:
Roger Adams, news director at Aspen Public Radio;
Dave Danforth, owner/staff mascot, Aspen Daily News
Charles Davis, associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Charles Firestone, executive director, Aspen Institute Communications & Society Program
Laura Frank, executive director, Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network
Sarah Gilman, associate editor, High Country News
Catherine Lutz, freelance writer/editor, former managing editor of the Aspen Daily News, founding board member of Aspen Journalism.
Tim Mutrie, contributor to The New York Times, former sports editor at The Aspen Times, founding board member of Aspen Journalism.
Rem Rieder, editor and senior vice president, American Journalism Review
Curtis Robinson, founding editor, Portland Daily Sun
Steve Skinner, general manager, KDNK, Carbondale
Andy Stone, columnist, former editor, The Aspen Times
Mike Webb, vice president/communications, ProPublica.
Aspen Journalism’s professional support
Ken Ransford, P.C., legal counsel
Denise Jurgens, Reese Henry & Co., accounting
Walterry Insurance, libel insurance
We’ve worked with following talented individuals on stories and projects:
Dan Bayer, photographer;
David Frey, reporter, photographer;
Brady Hurley, editor;
Catherine Lutz, reporter, editor;
Devon Meyers, photographer;
Tim Mutrie, reporter, photographer;
Zach Ornitz, photographer, video/audio producer;
Madeleine Osberger, reporter;
Heather Rousseau, photographer
We’ve collaborated with the following news organizations:
Aspen Journalism’s financial supporters:
We are a nonprofit corporation and a 501(c)(3) organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.
the Manaus Fund;
the Nick DeWolf Foundation;
Joanne and Lee Lyon;
the Sopris Foundation;
the Aspen Business Center Foundation;
the Ernst and Wilma Martens Foundation;
Aspen Journalism’s ethics and values
Aspen Journalism is committed to:
working in the local public interest;
meeting the highest standards of investigative journalism;
being responsive to readers and the public;
collaborating with local and regional news organizations; and
being transparent about our funding and affiliations.
Aspen Journalism Affiliations
Aspen Journalism, or its executive director, Brent Gardner-Smith, is a member of the following organizations:
Use Aspen Journalism’s work, please!
We want our journalism to have impact. The greater the exposure, the greater the potential impact.
Here are the guidelines:
You can republish our articles and graphics for free (without any cost to you), but:
You can’t edit our material, except to reflect relative changes in time, location and editorial style. (For example, “yesterday” can be changed to “last week.” We also prefer that you don’t change the headline, unless you need to for space or context considerations.)
• If you’re republishing online, you have to link to us and to include all of the links in the story.
• You can’t sell our material separately.
• It’s fine to put our stories on pages with ads, but not ads specifically sold against our stories.
• You can’t republish our material wholesale, or automatically; you need to select stories to be republished individually.
• You have to credit us – ideally in the byline. We prefer “Author Name, Aspen Journalism.” (We appreciate it if you link “Aspen Journalism” in the byline to our website.)
• And we also appreciate it when you tag our work with an editor’s note that says “Aspen Journalism is an independent nonprofit news organization working in the local public interest and publishing at www.AspenJournalism.org,” and include a link.