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Southeast Express is one of eight Colorado newsrooms and two newsroom-community partnerships that will receive a total of $85,000 to support local journalism and community reporting projects to address critical information needs, questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine among communities of color and other marginalized groups.

In collaboration with Rose Community Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation, Colorado Media Project established its 2021 Informed Communities — Vaccine Equity grant opportunity to support the work of journalism organizations that have existing relationships with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

“Communities of color and other marginalized groups have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in Colorado, so it’s critically important that they have timely, accurate, culturally relevant local news and information about the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Colorado Media Project Director Melissa Milios Davis. “We are lucky to have a number of strong local newsrooms serving these communities that are well-positioned to directly answer their questions with well-reported, independent journalism that answers real and common concerns, and lifts the voices, experiences and choices of trusted local leaders.”

The Southeast Express will use the money to produce a series of vaccine-related community forums to hear from health care professionals of color and investigative reporting on equity and information surrounding communities of color. 

Equity resources for communities of color are critical parts of community building. To have the Colorado Media Project, Rose Community Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation be at the forefront to provide grantmaking support is timely and sends a message that these communities matter.