During the past four decades, The Chicago Reporter has impacted the lives of an untold number of people.
Our analytical eye on the racial and economic disparities in the region prompted an $8.7 billion settlement for discriminatory lending practices, sparked legislation governing the quality of nursing homes and prompted the Chicago City Council to create an ordinance aimed at vacant buildings.
Now our nationally award-winning team is getting ready to do even more.
With the help of a grant from the Open Society Foundations, the Reporter is expanding its online presence. We're happy to announce a new, $300,000 grant that will allow us to share across the blogosphere our stories on social, political and economic issues.
"On the Web, the Reporter has invested in covering issues of race and poverty like few other news organizations," said Laura S. Washington, interim publisher of the Reporter. "The generous support from the Open Society Foundations will help us exponentially expand our digital reach and impact."
The two-year grant will enable us to redesign and relaunch our website, hire additional editorial staff and further develop our new photo journalism program.
Some of this is already in place--in the past year we've added two talented photo fellows and are blogging almost daily at Chicago Muckrakers with the help of a web editor and three part-time reporters.
You'll soon be able to find all the Reporter's hard-hitting content in one place, access us on your phone and read our investigations in Spanish.
It is the Reporter’s 40th anniversary, and the grant will help ensure we'll be around for another 40 years.