CIMA in the Media

Robservations: Independent media outlets launch joint fundraiser

At a time when reliable local news has never been more important, many Chicago area publications and websites are fighting for survival amid drastic declines in revenue. Under the umbrella of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance, more than 40 media outlets have teamed up for an unprecedented online fundraising campaign.

Investing in local news is more important than ever

Daniel Ash is associate vice president for Community Impact at the Chicago Community Trust; Lolly Bowean is program officer for Media and Storytelling at the Field Foundation; Kathy Im is the director of Journalism and Media at the MacArthur Foundation; Channing Lenert is a program officer at the Polk Bros. Foundation; Andres Torres is Democracy Program officer at the McCormick Foundation.

40+ Chicago Media Outlets Launch Joint Fundraiser

CHICAGO — Facing drops of revenue as high as 85 percent, 43 independent Chicago media outlets have joined forces to raise funds in a monthlong campaign in May. The for-profit and nonprofit organizations represent a wide cross-section of authentic community media in the city and nearby suburbs.

43 Chicago Media Outlets Launch Fundraising Campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated media nationwide. Advertising revenues are drastically down, resulting in furloughed and laid-off staffers.

At the same time, the demand for information remains high; readers want to know the status of testing and reported coronavirus cases in their communities.

Fundraising campaign aims to bolster financial support Chicago’s independent media outlets

Shawn Campbell, founder and General Manager of CHIRP Radio 107.1FM, talks about the state of the independent media industry during COVID-19 and their collaborative effort to save Chicago’s most treasured voices.

The Vital Role of Community Newspapers Like ‘The Korea Times Chicago’

magine, during this pandemic, being in a country or region or city where the dominant language in which public health directives are communicated is not your first language, or even one you speak, beyond basic phrases. How would you keep up with changing guidance on keeping healthy, or stay-at-home orders, or how severe the outbreak was in your region?

Help Rebellious #SaveChicagoMedia: A Letter from Our Founder

I don’t need to tell any of you what a wild, heartbreaking, and increasingly turbulent ride these two months have been. For me, the beacons of hope have been my work as co-Editor in Chief of the Chicago Reader, the ride-or-die writers and staff of Rebellious, and the impending launch of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance, or CIMA (we pronounce it SEE-ma and don’t care if that’s phonetically correct).

COVID-19 pandemic hits Chicago media hard. ‘There’s never been a more challenging time for newsrooms.’

From furloughs and layoffs to ceasing operations, economic fallout from COVID-19 has idled hundreds of local journalists, just as more people turn to local TV, radio and newspapers for information about the pandemic.

The Constant Media Gardener: Fast-rising coordinator ripping out roots of journalism issues

Yazmin Dominguez checks out a copy of the Chicago Reader newspaper at the publication’s office in Chicago. Dominguez, 24, is project coordinator for the Chicago Independent Media Alliance, a coalition formed to help the independent local news organizations.