About CIMA

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 61 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 61 media partners across the city, and for this year’s campaign we are hosting a fundraiser for 40 of those outlets.

 Our fundraiser is a benefit for more than 40 local, independent media outlets in Chicago. In our first year, close to $160,000 was raised, yet there is still a need for additional support. CIMA’s joint media fundraiser began as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March of 2020, we learned that 63% of our partners were facing a significant decline in revenue due to the state-wide shutdown.

 Slashed advertising budgets and the sudden canceling of scheduled events deeply affected independent media’s viability. Although improvement is underway, these conditions have persisted and created unsteady conditions that still affect local media’s sustainability to this day. CIMA’s annual campaign has in turn served as an extra branch of support for participating Chicago outlets.

 This year the #WeAmplifyChicagoVoices campaign aims to not only continue to raise financial support, but also awareness of all the numerous and diverse outlets that exist in Chicago. CIMA believes that by collectively raising awareness and each other’s visibility, we will not only generate audience growth but, most importantly, have a greater impact on keeping all of Chicago’s citizens informed and educated on important news. In this year’s campaign, we hope to highlight the great work outlets have continuously produced whether its investigative reports that held institutions of power accountable, caused a direct change, highlight important community issues, and more.

 The money raised goes directly to the outlets of your choosing (and those donations are matched), or you can select to have your donation split evenly among all. Your dollars will help Chicago’s local community outlets continue to tell stories that matter to you.

 We would like to thank the following partners for their contribution to our third annual fundraising campaign.

  •  StreetLevel and Soapbox Productions and Organizing for producing our promotional campaign commercial.
  • The Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ for supporting our third annual campaign.
  • Chicago Reader’s Senior Graphic Designer Amber Huff for designing our print advertisements.
  • 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.

 This year’s participating foundations are the Joyce Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, Square One Foundation, and the Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation.

 To learn more about the Chicago Independent Media Alliance, please visit indiemediachi.org

We Amplify
Chicago Voices

The #WeAmplifyChicagoVoices campaign is the Chicago Independent Media Alliance’s third year of fundraising for Chicago’s independent media. Beginning in 2019, as an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on local media, CIMA’s annual fundraiser has dedicated itself to raising funds and awareness for its participating member outlets.

The 2022 campaign is a benefit for more than 40 local, independent media outlets in Chicago. We hope to bring attention to the impactful local reporting produced by outlets.

Airgo

Podcast and media hub showcasing people reshaping Chicago for the more equitable and creative.

Block Club Chicago

Block Club Chicago

Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, nonpartisan and essential coverage of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.

Borderless Magazine

Borderless Magazine

Borderless Magazine is a nonprofit news outlet covering immigration issues in the Midwest.

Bronzeville Life

BRONZEVILLE LIFE

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

Chicago in Arabic is a media outlet bringing Chicago news into focus in Arabic. 

Chicago Music Guide

Chicago Music Guide

Your guide to great music in Chicago. Music Promotions, resources and more.

Chicago Public Square

Chicago Public Square

Free daily email news roundup for Chicago. The Reader poll’s pick for Best Blog.

Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

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 Radio

CHIRP Radio

CHIRP is your live, local community radio station focused on independent music and culture.

Cicero Independiente

Cicero Independiente

A volunteer-run, bilingual, independent news outlet for and by residents of Cicero. 

City Bureau

City Bureau

Nonprofit civic journalism lab serving Chicago’s south and west sides

Current Magazines

Current Magazines

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.

E3 Radio

E3 Radio is an online station playing queer and independent music. Queer radio done right. 

Evanston Roundtable

Evanston Roundtable

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

Free Spirit Media

Opportunities for emerging creators (ages 14-25), primarily from communities of color, to produce and create.

Gazette Chicago

Gazette Chicago

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

Gozamos

Gozamos is an independent online magazine and community of journalists, bloggers, and progressive activists covering culture, music, and politics.

Growing Community Media

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

Hyde Park Herald is a weekly community newspaper rich in history and journalistic excellence.

Injustice Watch

Injustice Watch

Injustice Watch is an investigative newsroom that exposes systemic inequities in the justice system.

Inside Publications

Inside Publications

Your friendly 110-year-old neighborhood newspapers, serving Chicago’s north side.

Invisible Institute

Invisible Institute

Invisible Institute works to enhance the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable.

La Raza

La Raza

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.

Latino News

Latino News

Loop North News

Loop North News

Loop North News serves the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.

McKinley Park News

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.

 
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Midway Minute

Midway Minute

Midway Minute is the morning outlet for Chicago sports.

Mild Sauce

Mild Sauce

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.

Newcity

The publication of record for Chicago culture.

North Lawndale News

North Lawndale Community News

Providing news and information on resources and events that improve the lifestyle of individuals and families.

Paseo Podcast

Paseo Podcast

A weekly Puerto Rican podcast dedicated to telling stories by, from, and about the Puerto Rican Community.

Polish Daily News

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

Public Narrative

Public Narrative exists to balance public health, safety and education narratives affecting marginalized communities.

Rebellious Magazine for Women

Rebellious Magazine for Women

Rebellious Magazine for Women is a feminist news and culture website founded in 2012.

Rivet

Rivet

Rivet brings your stories to life and life to your stories.

Sixty Inches From Center

Sixty Inches From Center

Midwest-focused arts publication and archiving organization that supports BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disability, and women’s culture.

SoapBox

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:

soapboxpo.com/2020-uprisings

soapboxpo.com/census-2020

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South Side Weekly

South Side Weekly

Independent, nonprofit newspaper for and about the south side of Chicago.

Students Xpress

Students Xpress

A magazine of art and writing by students in CPS, preK-8th grade.

The Beverly Review

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

Third Coast Review

Chicago’s online arts and culture magazine, specializing in quirky, underground aspects of the arts scene.

Win TV News 24

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.

Windy City Times

Windy City Times

Windy City Times is an award-winning newspaper serving the Chicagoland LGBTQ community since 1985. It is publishing quarterly in print, and daily online at www.windycitytimes.com.