Sunday, September 12, 2010

Looking For Environmental, Energy, Natural Resources News and Trends in Colorado? Check out the Denver Business Journal

Readers of this blog are well aware of my affinity for leading news sources such as the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal in terms of staying current about the news and trends in the ever-changing and evolving environment, natural resources, and energy sectors. I strongly believe there is no substitute for keeping on top of key events and knowing what key news and opinion makers are saying, doing, and writing.

Recently, however, it occurred to me that I'm leaving out a big segment of news and trends related to what is happening right here in the Denver region specifically and Colorado more generally. While it is often important to know what is happening in Washington and Brussels, Lima and Beijing (among others), it is also important to follow the news right here. And in that regard I have a suggestion: Follow the environment, energy, and natural resources coverage in the Denver Business Journal (DBJ).

Last week I met with Cathy Proctor, the DBJ reporter who covers these beats. Ms. Proctor, a graduate of the highly respected Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University near Chicago, covers the good and the great (and others as well I'm sure!) as she reports on the news and trends in the Denver area and Colorado. This coverage is important to all of us who live, study, and work here since her reporting helps us know more about what local firms are doing and thinking about in terms of their markets. For those of you considering working here, her reporting is likely to be indispensable to your understanding of these economic sectors. Many consider Ms. Proctor to be "the" reporter when it comes to these issues. You can also follow her blog.

Now that's not to say that The Denver Post, and other area media outlets are not covering these issues. However, the market segmentation of today's media often means that more focused publications -- in this case the DBJ -- deliver more targeted and regular coverage of the sectors they cover.

Looking ahead, I will more closely follow Ms. Proctor's coverage in the DBJ. Moreover, it is quite likely that she will be visiting the Sturm College of Law (probably early next year) to share her insights about trends in the environment, energy, and natural resources sectors. One can never be too well informed, especially when it comes time to impress a prospective employer.

(The DBJ is available in print form weekly on Fridays and on-line as well. The Westminster Law Library subscribes to the print edition as well as the on-line version. The print edition is available on Level 2 and the on-line version is available through the library's website.) Personal subscriptions are available through the DBJ website.

--Don Smith

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