Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Chicago Independent Media Alliance

The Chicago Independent Media Alliance will be an alliance of nonprofit and small for-profit Chicago-area community and ethnic media to collaborate on both business and editorial fronts. This alliance will cooperate to carry out shared interests, such as increasing engagement with independent media throughout Chicagoland. The formation of the alliance will be led by Chicago Reader, with a project fiscally sponsored and supported by Public Narrative.

Why We Invested

Community media play a vital and authentic role in covering their own communities. This diversity of voices, organizations, and people is crucial to the health of local news ecosystems and to our local and national wellbeing. As part of this exploratory project, several independent media outlets in Chicago will work together to investigate what shared resources they can create for each other to build the sustainability of the field overall. Chicago Reader, a leader in the ecosystem, will lead the project with the support of the project’s fiscal sponsor Public Narrative.

Total Commitment

2019: $30,000