@WaterEdCO launches digital water news initiative

Jerd Smith. Photo credit: Water Education Colorado.

I am so excited that WECO is putting this together. Water journalism will reap huge benefits from this effort. I have read a lot of content from Jerd Smith over the years. She is accurate and understands the complexities of water issues in the West. She has an accessible writing style that will help you understand and learn.

From email from Water Education Colorado:

Spring is in the air, and our team is growing! I am pleased to announce that we have hired a new staff member here at Water Education Colorado. Please welcome Jerd Smith, an award-winning editor and reporter, who will lead a news initiative designed to expand coverage of the critical water issues facing Colorado and the American West.

Jerd is a respected journalist with a deep background on water in Colorado. I am thrilled that she has joined our team to tackle this important new program offering. Our goal in bringing Jerd on is to reach a much wider audience with timely, relevant information about what is happening in Colorado water. This will round out the suite of programs we already offer to advance awareness and informed decision making statewide.

Jerd most recently served as business news editor overseeing coverage for the Boulder Daily Camera and Times-Call newspapers in Boulder County. She spent more than a decade at the Rocky Mountain News before its closure in 2009. While there, she led a drought team that won Stanford University’s first Risser Prize in environmental reporting. Her work has also been honored by the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, Scripps, and the American Planning Association, among others. Jerd has also been a regular contributor to Headwaters magazine over the past 10 years.

In her new role at Water Education Colorado, Jerd will help design and launch a weekly digital news report that includes in-depth reporting on current water issues. This content will be available at no cost to other media and news organizations that choose to carry it, as well as to Water Education Colorado members and the general public, via our website and various social media platforms.

Click here to read Jerd’s article, “Keeping It Clean: Protecting and enhancing water quality on the Colorado”, from the Summer 2011 issue of Headwaters Magazine.

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