The Colorado Sun the day of its launch on Sept. 10, 2018. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

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Following five years of steadily declining readership and the dismantling of newsroom personnel at the Denver Post, then-city editor Larry Ryckman and a contingent of Post reporters made the weighty decision in 2018 to resign. From there, Ryckman and a team of mostly former Post writers and editors came together to launch The Colorado Sun.

The Sun recently marked its one-year anniversary after the publication’s official launch on September 10, 2018.

While the Sun is journalist-owed, it had the early backing of Civil Media Company, a New York based startup that uses blockchain technology and cryptocurrency to fund high-quality journalism.

Today, the publication relies on member support and sponsorships to sustain its newsroom of 12 staff writers and editors.

In 2019, the Sun received several “Best of the West” journalism awards, in addition to awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

As Ryckman told Colorado Public Radio upon co-founding the Sun, “Build something impressive, do great work, and do journalism that people value and that they will want to support.”

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