Let's Talk About CIMA (and Helping Chicago Journalism)

Published October 15, 2022

The Chicago Independent Media Alliance (CIMA) stands alone in our Midwest metropolis as the most active and consequential channel of support for local journalism.

Comprised of more than 60 independent Chicago media outlets, CIMA brings together all sorts of online publications, print newspapers, podcasters, video producers and others who publish high-quality original media that serves both local and national audiences.

You’ve possibly seen our group’s current fund-raiser at https://savechicagomedia.org that has so far raised over $60,000. The McKinley Park News is extremely grateful to be a part of the overall fund-raising, as well as for the direct donations we’ve received from supporters like you. Thank you so much for supporting journalism for our neighborhood!

Worthy Local Media

Many CIMA outlets benefit greatly from our fund-raiser’s support, and I wanted to share some of the unique standouts:

Harvey World Herald
This single-person newsroom (just like the McKinley Park News) blazes a local news trail by being the sole journalism outlet for the city of Harvey, Illinois.
Harvey World Herald logo CIMA member
La Raza
La Raza has been providing a voice for Chicago’s Latino community for 50 years.
La Raza logo CIMA member
Borderless Magazine
Borderless Magazine covers Midwest immigration issues as a non-profit news outlet.
Borderless Magazine logo CIMA member
The Daily Line
The Daily Line provides critical and unique reporting on policy and politics for professional purposes.
The Daily Line logo CIMA member
Gozamos is an independent online magazine and community of journalists, bloggers and progressive activists covering culture, music and politics.
Gozamos logo CIMA member
Chicago youth lead this non-profit media company and digital agency.
True Star logo CIMA member
Growing Community Media
Growing Community Media is a non-profit publisher that promotes civil discourse, thriving communities and vibrant democracy through its Austin Weekly News, Wednesday Journal, Forest Park Review and Riverside Brookfield Landmark publications.
Growing Community Media logo CIMA member
The Beverly Review
Beverly Hills, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood benefit from the news coverage of The Beverly Review.
Beverly Review logo CIMA member
Loop North News
Loop North News serves the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.
Loop North News logo CIMA member
Paseo Podcast
This weekly podcast is dedicated to telling stories by, from and about the Puerto Rican community.
Paseo Podcast logo CIMA member
Current Magazines
This local news publisher powers the South Shore Current Magazine, the West Side Current Magazine and the West of the Ryan Current Magazine.
Current Magazines logo CIMA member
Kartemquin Films
This collaborative community of filmmakers has been sparking democracy through democracy since 1966.
Kartemquin Films logo CIMA member
N’Digo is a publication that tells stories untold, mis-told and that need to be retold about African-Americans.
N'Digo logo CIMA member
E3 Radio
This online radio station focuses on queer and independent music: “Queer radio done right.”
E3 Radio logo CIMA member
AIRGO is a podcast and media hub showcasing the Chicagoans who make our city more equitable and creative.
AIRGO logo CIMA member
South Side Weekly
(https://southsideweekly.com) and
Hyde Park Herald
Recently merged into a unified South Side news operation, the South Side Weekly and the Hyde Park Herald combine a non-profit startup with a vaunted 138-year-old community newspaper.
South Side Weekly logo CIMA member

These are just some of the CIMA members participating in the fund-raiser. See the full list of its beneficiaries at https://savechicagomedia.org, and connect with all CIMA members at https://indiemediachi.org.

Donate Through Monday Oct. 17

I encourage you to check out the great local media being produced by these CIMA members, as well as show your support by donating to any one of them or to the CIMA group as a whole.

The fund-raiser ends after Monday, October 17, so you still have a couple days to support local journalism! And thanks to generous support through matching grants, your donations will have double the impact through the end of the campaign.

Click Here To Donate Now on the SaveChicagoMedia.org Website

Thanks as always for your support toward independent Chicago journalism, including our neighborhood’s McKinley Park News and the dozens of members of CIMA.

— Justin Kerr
Publisher, McKinley Park News

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