Fort Collins Coloradoan
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|Publisher||Kathy Jack-Romero (2016)|
|Headquarters||1300 Riverside Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
The Coloradoan is a daily newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Coloradoan's website is updated throughout the day with breaking news and video coverage of community news. It serves as a news bureau for KUSA-TV in Denver (officially known as the station's 'Northern Newsroom'), with a portion of the newsroom set up as a small television studio (KUSA-TV was formerly under fellow Gannett ownership until the 2015 spin-off of its broadcast assets as TEGNA Media, though the news-sharing relationship remains).
Founded by Joseph L. McClelland in 1873 as Larimer County Express, Fort Collins Newspapers Inc. was established in 1937 when Speidel Newspapers acquired the publication known as The Express-Courier. The Coloradoan moved from its Old Town Fort Collins location to 1212 Riverside Avenue on the city's east side in 1974. Gannett acquired the newspaper when it merged with Speidel in 1977.
In 2004, Gannett began construction on a new $6 million facility on property adjacent to their Riverside site. In June 2005, advertising, circulation, human resources, news and technology staffs moved into 1300 Riverside Avenue.
The Coloradoan focuses on local news in its A section. Section B features content from USA TODAY, including national and international news.
The business section includes local content, wire content and a small sampling of local stocks. Regular columns include "On the job" by Katy Piotrowski, "Small business" by Rhonda Abrams, and WorkBytes by Dawn Sagario and Larry Ballard of the Des Moines Register.
Sports includes local high school coverage, CSU and semi-pro teams around the area as well as Denver pro teams and national sports.
The lifestyles section contains themed content: Monday is health and fitness; Tuesday is transportation; Wednesday is food and drink; Thursday is Xplore (outdoors); Fridays is causes; Saturdays is home and garden; Sunday is a Your Life section.
The Coloradoan’s Windsor Beacon is a small newspaper that has served Windsor, Colorado since 1896. The Windsor Beacon supplies Windsor residents with local news and event information every Sunday and Wednesday.
The Coloradoan printed an extra edition on November 18, 1991, upon the release of Beirut hostage Thomas Sutherland, a Fort Collins resident. The Coloradoan's banner headline read "He's Free". The newspaper also published an extra edition on September 11, 2001.
The Coloradoan website offers local content, an e-newspaper (digital version of the print newspaper), and a 30-day article archive. The site also offers photo galleries and interactive content such as a Fort Collins dining guide and an interactive map of the Foothills mall.
Subscription (digital or print) includes access to the mobile and tablet apps. The apps include customized alerts for news, traffic, weather, sports, and entertainment. There is a separate app available that provides a digital version of the print newspaper. The Coloradoan can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Coloradoan does a great deal of work in the community through sponsorships including the United Way of Larimer County, the Matthews House, Fort Collins Symphony, Fort Collins Cat Rescue, The Boys and Girls Club, and Larimer Humane Society.
The Coloradoan also hosts events as well as sponsors local events such as Fort Collins Beer Week, the Colorado Marathon, Bike Month, Taste of Fort Collins, Loveland County Fair, Loveland Rotary Duck Race, The Poudre RiverFest, and the Food Truck Festival.
For Insider-level subscribers, the Coloradoan gives away tickets to local events such as Secret Supper, Community Dinner, Cirque Du Soleil, and Red Rocks Concerts.
- Kodrick, Kris (October 24, 2013). "In Colorado, a small paper looks forward". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved October 27, 2013.