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From Our Editor
We started Westword almost five decades ago as a very vigorous exercise in freedom of the press. Not only did we believe that our writers should be free to cover, and uncover, what was really going on in Denver, but we wanted to share their work freely with the city, by making sure that the publication itself was absolutely free. Long before the rise of the internet, we worked hard to prove that a free media outlet could have value. It was a tough battle, but today no one questions the worth of free publications. They do question how long those publications will be around, and with good reason.
Editor In Chief
Who We Are
Westword is an independent local newspaper and website whose small but scrappy staff of journalists have covered Denver news since 1977. Our standard in framing and reporting stories is intellectual honesty. Westword also believes in celebrating Denver culture –– covering our city's music, arts, dining and marijuana scenes with the same attention to detail that we devote to our news stories.
Read our full story and learn more about our staff.
What You Can Do To Help
Since the day we were founded, Westword has been free to our readers. With both advertiser and reader support, our print papers remain free and we've never put up an online paywall. We remain dedicated to providing our reported local journalism to everyone at no charge, regardless of their financial status.
We remain committed to keeping our journalism free and avoiding paywalls or mandatory subscriptions. But the long-term challenges organizations like ours face in generating advertising dollars aren't going away. We want to keep covering Denver the way it deserves to be covered. That means remaining independent and avoiding paywalls – but still bringing in enough money to fund our journalism.
We are calling on our community members to support Westword by contributing any amount to support our newsroom. Join our community of members, and we'll put whatever money you contribute toward producing high-quality local journalism. We know you work hard for your money, and you can rest assured we’ll work hard for you, covering Denver as only we can.
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