Congratulations Chicago New Media Groups!

November 12

Big development. Three foundations, as reported several days ago here in Crain’s Chicago Business, have just awarded $500,000 to 13  Chicago New-Media groups.  This is a step forward!  Here, at the Beachwood Reporter, is a detailed account how each of the 13 recipients will use funds received.

Below is a mashup of Crain’s briefer account, links we’ve added, and details from the Beachwood Reporter:

  • Columbia College Chicago ($45,000) for a joint effort with the Chicago Tribune to cover news in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side using student and professional journalists to cover government meetings, businesses, churches and other institutions in Austin, with content distributed via a new Web site (www.austintalks.org), Tribune’s ChicagoNow blog site (www.chicagonow.com), a mobile edition, a newsletter and text messaging.
  • Gapers Block Media LLC ($35,000) to boost neighborhood news coverage at GapersBlock.com.
  • Loyola University Chicago ($45,000) for a partnership with Benito Juarez Community Academy to train student journalists to cover the Southwest Side neighborhood of Pilsen.
  • South Suburban Publishing LLC ($30,000) to train citizen journalists in Markham to cover news for www.southsnews.com.
  • Chicago Assn. of Hispanic Journalists ($30,000) for a new Web site to promote local Latino journalists.
  • Chicago Youth Voices Network ($60,000) to engage several hundred youth journalists in reporting on Chicago teens.
  • Community Media Workshop ($45,000) for a news-tracking effort and an ethnic media news service.
  • Chicago News Cooperative ($50,000) to provide enterprise coverage of Chicago.
  • Northwestern University ($30,000) for grad students to help develop two local community news ventures.
  • Better Government Assn. ($60,000) to train volunteer monitors to report for a new virtual town hall Web site.
  • Beachwood Media Co. ($35,000) to enhance technology and content to create a sustainable business model.
  • Brad Flora ($35,000) to upgrade software used by WindyCitizen.com.
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