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 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 our two anonymous foundations. Check back soon for a complete listing of matching funders.

Airgo

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:

COVID-19 – On the Line & Stimulus Redistribution — AirGo

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.
Check out their breaking news coverage related to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

A Year Of Loss: COVID-19 Has Killed More Than 4,500 Chicagoans. For These Families, Life Will Never Be The Same

100 Ways You Helped: Here’s How Chicagoans Lifted Their Neighbors Through COVID-19 Pandemic

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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. 

Check out their coverage of COVID-19 for Chicago’s Arab community:

Chicago Music Guide

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. 

Check out their talk show reporting on COVID-19 every morning: 

Wake Up with Anna & Friends

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.

Check out their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Detener la propagación del Covid-19/Coronavirus – Gozamos

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.

Check out their reporting on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Chicago’s incarcerated population: 
Injustice Watch created a Cook County Jail Coronavirus Tracker you can explore below: 

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.

Check out their coverage of how COVID-19 outbreak has impacted Chicago’s Latino community:

Tema Coronavirus

Loop North News

Loop North News

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

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.

Check out Paseo Podcast’s recent coverage of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected 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.

In Case of Emergency: Artist Resources For You, For Us

Working From Home: Four Art Students Reflect on Making in a Pandemic

Check out their coverage of how the pandemic affected Chicago’s artists:

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

Ep. 59 – Creative Jobs, Life Balance, & Working towards a Liberatory Future within Capitalism (& COVID) 2.0 ft. Genta Tamashiro | Bourbon ‘n BrownTown

soapboxpo.com/covid-19

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.

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.