McKinley Park News – Let’s talk about CIMA (and helping Chicago journalism)

Posted on October 15, 2022

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

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

You may have seen our group’s current fundraiser at which has so far raised over $60,000. The McKinley Park News is extremely grateful to be part of the overall fundraiser, as well as the direct donations we have received from supporters like you. Thank you so much for supporting journalism for our neighborhood!

Worthy local media

Many CIMA outlets benefit greatly from the support of our fundraising, and I wanted to share some of the unique highlights:

Harvey World Herald
This single-person newsroom (just like the McKinley Park News) leads the way in local news by being the only journalism outlet in the city of Harvey, Illinois.
La Raza
La Raza has been giving a voice to Chicago’s Latino community for 50 years.
Logo La Raza CIMA Member
Borderless magazine
Borderless magazine covers Midwestern immigration issues as a nonprofit media outlet.
Borderless Magazine Logo CIMA Member
The daily line
The daily line provides critical and unique reports on politics and politics for professional purposes.
Daily Line Logo CIMA Member
Gozamos is an independent online magazine and community of progressive journalists, bloggers and activists spanning culture, music and politics.
CIMA Member Gozamos Logo
Chicago youth run this nonprofit media company and digital agency.
True Star Logo CIMA Member
Growth of community media
Growing Community Media is a nonprofit publisher that promotes civil discourse, thriving communities, and vibrant democracy through its Austin Weekly News, Wednesday newspaper, Forest Park Review and Riverside Brookfield Notable Publications.
Logo Growing Community Media CIMA Member
The Beverly Review
Beverly Hills, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood benefit from the media coverage of The Beverly Review.
Beverly Review logo CIMA Member
North Loop News
North Loop News serves the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.
Loop North News logo CIMA Member
Podcast Paseo
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 Current South Shore Magazinethe Current West Side Magazine and the West of Ryan Current Magazine.
Current magazines logo CIMA Member
Kartemquin Movies
This collaborative community of filmmakers has sparked democracy through democracy since 1966.
Logo Kartemquin Films CIMA Member
N’Digo is a publication that tells untold, poorly told, and must be told stories about African Americans.
Logo N'Digo CIMA Member
Radio E3
This online radio focuses on queer and independent music: “Queer radio done right”.
E3 Radio logo CIMA Member
AIRGO is a podcast and media hub showcasing the people of Chicago who are making our city more equitable and creative.
AIRGO logo CIMA member
Weekly South Side
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Hyde Park Herald
Recently merged into a unified South Side information operation, the Weekly South Side and the Hyde Park Herald combine a nonprofit startup with a vaunted 138-year-old community newspaper.
South Side Weekly Logo CIMA Member

These are just a few of the CIMA members involved in fundraising. Find the complete list of its beneficiaries on https://savecchicagomedia.organd connect with all CIMA members at

Donate until Monday, October 17

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

Fundraising ends after Monday, October 17, so you still have a few days to support local journalism! And with generous support in the form of matching grants, your donations will have a double impact until the end of the campaign.

Click here to donate now at the website

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

—Justin Kerr
Editor, McKinley Park News

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