An Update on the #SaveChicagoMedia Campaign

#SaveChicagoMedia CIMA

About 10 days ago, I wrote about the launch of the Chicago Independent Media Alliance’s month-long #SaveChicagoMedia campaign, a joint fundraising effort by 43 fantastic newspapers, radio stations, podcasts, email newsletters, websites and more.

Thanks to all of you, the campaign has raised $23,000 of our $40,000 minimum goal, and we still have two weeks to go! Why $40,000? Because that’s the amount being generously matched by foundations. Cue ugly crying.

Along with that update, I wanted to give a shout-out to the Chicago Independent Media Alliance (CIMA) partners that Rebellious has the privilege to be working alongside. Their hardworking journalists are covering nearly every community you can imagine in more languages than I can count, and the city wouldn’t be the same without them.

When you visit savechicagomedia.org by June 5, and you can either donate to all 43 media outlets or donate to just a few of us. So far, the vast majority of donors have chosen to support all of us. We love you back, Chicago. More than I can say.

When you have a chance, please go check out:

AirGo Radio: Podcast and media hub showcasing people reshaping Chicago for the more equitable and creative.
 
Better Government Association: The BGA’s in-depth investigative reporting and policy advocacy address failings in Chicago and Illinois government.  
 
Chicago Crusader: The Chicago Crusader is Chicago’s number one African American weekly newspaper.
 
Chicago Music Guide: Your guide to great music in Chicago. Music Promotions, resources and more.
 
Chicago Public Square: Free daily email news roundup for Chicago. The Reader poll’s pick for Best Blog.
 
Chicago Reader: The Reader, founded 1971, is Chicago’s in-depth and curated guide to culture, politics, and more. 
 
The Chicago Reporter is an investigative news organization focused on race, poverty and income inequality. 
 
CHIRP Radio: CHIRP is your live, local community radio station focused on independent music and culture.
 
Cicero Independiente: A volunteer-run, bilingual, independent news outlet for and by residents of Cicero. 
 
City Bureau: Nonprofit civic journalism lab serving Chicago’s south and west sides
 
E3 Radio: E3 Radio is an online station playing queer and independent music. Queer radio done right. 
 
Free Spirit Media: Opportunities for emerging creators (ages 14-25), primarily from communities of color, to produce and create.
 
Growing Community Media with Austin Weekly News (West Side of Chicago from Garfield Park to Austin and Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest (independent, intensely local, covering Oak Park and River Forest).
 
Hyde Park Herald: Hyde Park Herald is a weekly community newspaper rich in a 138 year history and journalistic excellence. 
 
Inside Publications: Skyline, Inside Booster, News Star newspapers: Your friendly 110-year-old neighborhood newspapers, serving Chicago’s north side.
 
Injustice Watch: Injustice Watch is an investigative newsroom that exposes systemic inequities in the justice system.
 
Invisible Institute: Invisible Institute works to enhance the capacity of citizens to hold public institutions accountable.
 
Kartemquin Films: Kartemquin Films supports independent filmmakers producing social issue documentaries, fostering a more engaged society. 
 
Korea Times Chicago: Most widely distributed daily publication for Korean news in Chicago.
 
La Raza Newspaper: The voice of Chicago’s Latino community for 50 years. La voz de la comunidad latina en Chicago por 50 años.
 
Left Out Magazine: Independent journalism, politics, culture, analysis, and debate by and about working-class Black people.
 
Loop North News: Loop North News serves the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.
 
Newcity: The publication of record for Chicago culture.
 
North Lawndale Community News: Providing news and information on resources and events that improve the lifestyle of individuals and families.
 
Public Narrative: 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.
 
Rivet: We bring your stories to life and life to your stories.  
 
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. 
 
South Shore Current Magazine: Good news from Chicago’s Cultural Soul Coast—the southeast and southern shore communities.
 
South Side Weekly: Independent, nonprofit newspaper for and about the south side of Chicago.
 
StreetWise: Empowering those facing homelessness with access to employment to work toward self-sufficiency with dignity.
 
StudentsXpress Magazine: A magazine of art and writing by students in CPS, preK-8th grade.
 
The Beverly Review: Weekly newspaper covering Beverly Hills, Morgan Park, and Mt. Greenwood. 
 
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.
 
West of the Ryan Current Magazine: Good News from Chinatown to Roseland—on the south side, west of the Dan Ryan.
 
The West Side Current Magazine: Good news from Chicago’s west side—focused on pride, honor, and value of community.
 
Windy City Times: Windy City Times is an award-winning newspaper serving the Chicagoland LGBTQ community since 1985. 
 
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Karen Hawkins is the Founder and Rebelle in Chief of Rebellious Magazine. She is a recovering mainstream media reporter and editor who wants to thank her former boss for naming the online magazine she's always wanted to start when he called her “Rebellious” for taking too many weekends off. When she isn't instigating a media Rebellion, she's thanking her lucky starlets she gets to do whatever she wants on weekends.