The Colorado Media Partnership has announced that KSUT is among eight Colorado newsrooms and two newsroom-community partnerships that will receive a total of $85,000 in grants to support local journalism and community listening and reporting projects addressing critical information needs, questions, and concerns about uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine among communities of color and other marginalized groups.

KSUT’s Tribal Radio and Four Corners Public Radio serve four counties in Southwest Colorado in addition to Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribal lands. The station will receive $10,000 to support local journalists and digital media content producers in hosting on-air and digital conversations about the vaccine with local tribal leaders and public health experts; increase reporting on vaccine questions and perspectives from tribal, rural, immigrant and homeless communities; and work with community partners to share information about pop-up and mobile clinics. 

In collaboration with Rose Community Foundation and The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF), Colorado Media Project established its 2021 Informed Communities — Vaccine Equity grant opportunity to support the work of journalism organizations that have existing, trusted relationships with communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.