Aspen Journalism's mission is to inform citizens on issues relevant to the communities in the Roaring Fork River watershed, the Western Slope, the state of Colorado, and the West. In 2015, Aspen Journalism focused on two areas of coverage, water and education, and did so in collaboration with The Aspen Times, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, and the Aspen Daily News. Aspen Journalism was founded in January 2011 and so 2015 marked Aspen Journalism's fifth full year of operations. The Water Desk
Brent Gardner-Smith staffed the Aspen Journalism Water Desk and wrote 42 stories, including 24 stories on the Colorado Water Plan and/or transmountain diversions. Gardner-Smith's water stories in 2015 were published in collaboration with The Aspen Times and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.