The Chicago Independent Media Alliance is a partnership of independent, local, and community-driven media entities coming together in the spirit of collaboration, especially in creating new revenue streams and heightening independent media’s visibility. Our goal is to create a self-sustaining media ecosystem in Chicago to better inform and serve Chicago and all of its diverse citizens. Our 68 partners in the alliance include traditional print newspapers, independently produced podcasts, dynamic video production studios, and nonprofit newsrooms focusing on key issues that affect the fabric of the city. Our wide range of diverse and independent media produce content for all types of Chicagoans. In total, CIMA collaborates with 68 media partners across the city, and for this year’s campaign we are hosting a fundraiser for 43 of those outlets. We encourage you to explore each of our 43 media partners below by visiting their websites, following them on their listed social media accounts, signing up for their email newsletter list, and checking out their pandemic-related coverage highlighted below.
We thank Haley Tweedel for creating our campaign illustrations, Emma Kumer for creating our animation campaign video, Amber Huff for our advertising design, and Doejo for their amazing work in recreating our fundraising website.
This year’s campaign once again includes a matching component, hosted at the Crossroads Fund, where local foundations and donors can contribute. These matching funds will go first to match individual donations to outlets. Any remaining matching funds will be split evenly among all 43 outlets. The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation is returning again this year as a matching fund contributor, as are two anonymous foundations. Additional match funding provided by the McCormick Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and David Hiller.
Podcast and media hub showcasing people reshaping Chicago for the more equitable and creative.
Check out their ‘On the Line’ series focusing on the pandemic and the people putting their bodies on the front lines to keep us safe:
Block Club Chicago
Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, nonpartisan and essential coverage of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.
Check out their breaking news coverage related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Borderless Magazine is a nonprofit news outlet covering immigration issues in the Midwest.
Bronzeville Life is not about geography, it’s about a lifestyle! Throughout our publication, we are building on the vision of our forefathers.
Chicago in Arabic
Chicago in Arabic is a media outlet bringing Chicago news into focus in Arabic.
Chicago Music Guide
Your guide to great music in Chicago. Music Promotions, resources and more.
Check out their coverage of how Chicago’s music industry has been surviving COVID-19:
Chicago Public Square
Free daily email news roundup for Chicago. The Reader poll’s pick for Best Blog.
The Reader, founded 1971, is Chicago’s in-depth and curated guide to culture, politics, and more. In 2021, the Reader is moving to a nonprofit journalism model. See www.chicagoreader.com.
CHIRP is your live, local community radio station focused on independent music and culture.
A volunteer-run, bilingual, independent news outlet for and by residents of Cicero.
South Shore Current Magazine, good news from Chicago’s Cultural Soul Coast—the southeast and southern shore communities.
The West Side Current Magazine, good news from Chicago’s west side—focused on pride, honor, and value of community.
West of the Ryan Current Magazine, good news from Chicago’s west of the ryan.
The Evanston RoundTable is the community’s leading source of news about local government, schools, civic and artistic activities, and other important issues facing our city. We seek to foster civic engagement and empower people to address complex issues facing our diverse community, promoting a better understanding and appreciation of people of all races, ethnicities, and income levels.
Free Spirit Media
Opportunities for emerging creators (ages 14-25), primarily from communities of color, to produce and create.
Gazette Chicago is a free, independent newspaper serving ten Chicago neighborhoods, committed to unbiased news coverage that tells all sides since its founding in 1983.
Gozamos is an independent online magazine and community of journalists, bloggers, and progressive activists covering culture, music, and politics.
Check out their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Growing Community Media
Growing Community Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, connects citizens through community journalism which is rooted deep in our neighborhoods, based in facts, and reflects voices not always heard. We promote civil discourse, thriving communities and a vibrant democracy across seven communities on the west side of Chicago and its near west suburbs through the Austin Weekly News, Wednesday Journal, Forest Park Review and Riverside Brookfield Landmark.
Hyde Park Herald
Hyde Park Herald is a weekly community newspaper rich in history and journalistic excellence.
Injustice Watch is an investigative newsroom that exposes systemic inequities in the justice system.
Your friendly 110-year-old neighborhood newspapers, serving Chicago’s north side.
Invisible Institute works to enhance the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable.
The voice of Chicago’s Latino community for 50 years. La Raza ha sido por 50 años la voz de la comunidad latina de Chicago.
Check out their coverage of how COVID-19 outbreak has impacted Chicago’s Latino community:
Loop North News
Loop North News serves the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.
McKinley Park News
The McKinley Park News is a micro-local online publication covering the McKinley Park Community Area and Central Manufacturing District of Chicago from its website at https://mckinleypark.news. Its features include original news reporting, a comprehensive calendar of neighborhood events and an interactive membership and subscription system.
Mildsauce is an extra tasty blog driven by discourse. Based on discussion, young multi-media journalists of color visit spaces, events, and other professionals in Chicago.
North Lawndale News
North Lawndale Community News
Providing news and information on resources and events that improve the lifestyle of individuals and families.
A weekly Puerto Rican podcast dedicated to telling stories by, from, and about the Puerto Rican Community.
Polish Daily News
Polish Daily News is the largest and the oldest Polish language newspaper in Chicago. Since 1908 it is a destination of choice for tens of thousands of Poles in Chicagoland looking for reliable news, vivid coverage of events happening in their community and effective classifieds section.
Public Narrative exists to balance public health, safety and education narratives affecting marginalized communities.
Rebellious Magazine for Women
Rebellious Magazine for Women is a feminist news and culture website founded in 2012.
Sixty Inches From Center
Midwest-focused arts publication and archiving organization that supports BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disability, and women’s culture.
SoapBox Productions and Organizing
Film and social activism non-profit specializing in multimedia storytelling for equity and structural change.
Check out their coverage of the 2020 uprisings against police violence, the 2020 census, and more of their favorite content:
South Side Weekly
Independent, nonprofit newspaper for and about the south side of Chicago.
Empowering those facing homelessness with access to employment to work toward self-sufficiency with dignity.
Check out their favorite issues produced this year and in 2020:
The Beverly Review
Weekly newspaper covering Beverly Hills, Morgan Park, and Mt. Greenwood.
The Daily Line
The Daily Line
The Daily Line does critical reporting on policy and politics for professionals.
Third Coast Review
Chicago’s online arts and culture magazine, specializing in quirky, underground aspects of the arts scene.
Check out their work related to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Win TV News 24
Win TV Chicago is a KoreanTV operating 24/7, and producing its own local news, documentaries, and talk shows covering all issues related to or affecting Korean communities in Chicago and the United States.