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Chicago Media Outlets Joint Fundraiser

By Charlotte Robinson, May 11, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on businesses, in Chicago 43 independent media outlets have joined forces to raise funds in a month long campaign after facing drops of revenue as high as 85 percent. The for-profit & nonprofit organizations represent a wide cross-section of authentic community media in the city & nearby suburbs. Tracy Baim, publisher of the Chicago Reader & Windy City Times stated, “We who are in independent media find ourselves in a unique & dangerous economic situation. In response to COVID-19, national news outlets are tallying death tolls & assessing the situation globally. While that coverage is important, it leaves the average citizen confused & unsure of how to proceed within their community.” Yazmin Dominguez, CIMA project coordinator added “Local media outlets deliver authentic, community-driven journalism, reporting on the stories that matter most for communities largely affected by this & future, health crises. Unfortunately, community media outlets are not getting the resources they need & are thus facing the real possibility of closure. This includes media serving African American, Latinx, Asian American, immigrant, LGBTQ & other Chicago communities.” CIMA is a national partner with the Center for Community Media (CCM) at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in CUNY. While CIMA is focused on boosting local media it has the potential to inform the nation on Chicago’s media landscape via its partnership with CCM. The Chicago Independent Media Alliance is made up of more than 60 outlets covering the African American, Latinx, Asian American, immigrant, LGBTQ & other Chicago communities. CIMA believes there is no better way to reach the city’s most marginalized & underserved communities than through community media outlets for & by those communities. CIMA stands for information, accessibility & equity. The public can give June 5th 2020.
For More Info: savechicagomedia.org
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