Jason Salzman

Jason is a journalist and media critic. From 2004-2009, he was a media critic for the Rocky Mountain News. Jason’s columns twice received Denver Press Club/Denver Newspaper Guild awards. Jason is the author of three books: Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits; (with Ben Cohen, of Ben and Jerry’s) 50 Ways You Can Show George the Door in 2004; and (with Michael Huttner) 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America.
Jason’s chapter, “Journalism and the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming,” was published in How the West Was Warmed (Fulcrum, 2009). I’m a co-author of, “Local TV News: Getting Away with Murder,” which appeared in the Harvard Journal on Press/Politics (1997).
Jason’s articles have appeared in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Nonprofit World, Shaman’s Drum, Sierra, Utne Reader and elsewhere.
Jason is co-founder of Rocky Mountain Media Watch, a nonprofit organization that aims to hold the news media to their own professional standards, like those promulgated by the Society of Professional Journalists. That is also the goal of the Big Media Blog.
Jason is also co-founder of Effect Communications, which consults with activists and nonprofit groups on communications issues.
Jason is married and has a 19-year-old son, Dylan, who seldom stops, and a 13-year-old daughter, Nell, who never sleeps.


All Work

News Abortion

Forced Waiting Period, Mandated Ultrasound Measures Go Down in Colorado

Jason Salzman

“Women of color and immigrant women already face significant obstacles to obtaining health care," Victoria Gómez Betancourt, spokesperson for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, said at a news conference. "This means that any extra hoops and hurdles created by these bills will impact already marginalized women most of all."

News Violence

Assault on Pregnant Woman Could Lead to Anti-Choice Legislation

Jason Salzman

A brutal attack on a pregnant Colorado woman ignited an effort to pass a fetal-homicide bill, which would allow a fetus to be considered a victim of a crime. Pro-choice activists say Colorado already has laws designed to punish perpetrators of crimes involving fetuses, and they say a new law could undermine a woman’s right to choose.

News Politics

Beauprez Has ‘Big Problem’ With IUDs

Jason Salzman

In a debate Tuesday night, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said he’s opposed to using tax dollars for abortion. As a result, he said, he’d oppose using state funds for intrauterine devices (IUDs), which he believes cause abortions.

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