This week is Colorado Journalism Week. It’s more than just a feel good celebration, and we will be devoting this space all week to discuss some very important issues.

Journalism­—national and local—is under pressure today. There are business pressures, of course. But the political forces attacking our hard-fought credibility are threatening our very survival.With this in mind, Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed this week as Colorado Journalism Week.

Here are selected excerpts from the proclamation: “Whereas Colorado Newspaper Week is a statewide initiative that reminds us of the importance of a free press; and Whereas freedom of the press promotes an informed constituency, improves public policy, increases responsiveness and accountability, and enhances public confidence in government institutions; and Whereas Coloradans are this week encouraged to recognize and celebrate our newspapers for their significant and enduring contributions to the civic vitality of our state; I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim the period between April 16, 2018 and April 20, 2018, as Colorado Journalism Week.”