Resources for journalists

The Water Desk’s mission is to increase the volume, depth and power of journalism connected to Western water issues, with a focus on the Colorado River Basin.

Based at the University of Colorado Boulder and its Center for Environmental Journalism (CEJ), The Water Desk works with journalists and media outlets to strengthen their water-related coverage.

Our offerings for journalists include:

Grants

Goosenecks of the San Juan photo

Our grant programs offer funding to journalists to support their coverage and strengthen their professional development.

Stories & resources

Denver skyline photo

We will be producing and distributing original reporting, writing and multimedia on water issues while also serving as a hub for a network of water journalists.

Multimedia library

Colorado River drone photo

We will be offering images, video and data visualizations for free reuse by news organizations and independent journalists.

The Water Desk’s mission is to increase the volume, depth and power of journalism connected to Western water issues. We're an initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Water Desk launched in April 2019 with support from the Walton Family Foundation. We maintain a strict editorial firewall between our funders and our journalism. The Water Desk is seeking additional funding to build and sustain the initiative.