New News Survey Update

From 600words (by Esther Cepeda) and arteyvidaChicago (by Amor Montes de Oca) to This is Hell, US Catholic, We The People Media and Windy City Media Group, more than 75 online news sites have filled out the second annual Chicago New News Survey so far.

The survey is open until May 7 and if you produce an online news site, be it outpost for a major metro news outlet or a blog, online-only news service or aggregator, we’d like to hear from you. If you think you belong, we think you belong–but sites should focus on or be based in the Metro Chicago region.

Here’s a list, with links and a brief tagline or descriptive sentence, of who has filled out the survey so far (long list below the fold, fair warning!)

…And That’s My Opinion ~ various essays on a variety of subjects
600 Words by Esther J. Cepeda ~ opinion journalism on news, politics, culture with a Hispanic bent
“Going Public” blog ~ Blog about CTA news and issues
Adentro de Pilsen ~ Primarily to serve the Pilsen community with vetted news and info. The project also strives to create a passion for high school and college journalists to examine niche news coverage.
AREA Chicago ~ “AREA Chicago supports the work of people and organizations building a socially just city. AREA actively gathers, shares, and produces knowledge about local culture and politics. Its newspaper, website and events create relationships and sustain community through art, research, education, and activism.
Arte y Vida Chicago ~ A calendar of Hispanic art and culture in Chicago ~ It’s a blog network focusing on ~ news for community development advocates
BRONZECOMM ~ Bronzecomm is news and event announcements delived via email to predominantly African American readers.
Center Square Journal ~ News for Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Northcenter and Ravenswood Manor neighborhoods.
Centerstage Chicago ~ Chicago entertainment, music, theater, restaurants, bars, etc.
Chicago Art Magazine ~ The Chicago visual art scene
Chicago Bites ~ We review food events and restaurants in the Chicago area

Chicago Hearts Trivia ~ We post fun trivia questions and quizzes daily and review local Chicago bars that run pub trivia nights in Chicago.
Chicago Hearts Trivia ~ Keep your brain cells intact with the Trivia Girls’ daily trivia posts and weekly Chicago pub quiz reviews.
Chicago Now: Collective Unconscious of Restless Fanatics ~ General sports theme with a look into the psyche of fandom
Chicago Parent ~ A family/parenting magazine for the greater Chicago region
Chicago Sports In Haiku ~ Chicago sports … in haiku … Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, Bulls, Bears
Chicago Techy ~ Technology stuff which everyone can understand
chicagoistheworld ~ ethnic news media
ChicagoStorytelling ~ DePaul University Students Cover the Windy City in a Digital World. Local community news in Chicago neighborhoods
Illinois Resource Net ~ Grant Seeking
Crabby ~ Reaction to pop culture and news
Deep Dish ~ Groovy thoughts of a gay writer on pop culture and all things fabulous
District 299: The Chicago Public Schools Blog ~ Chicago Public Schools
driftless area ~ Finding nature in the Chicago area
Edgewater Community Buzz ~ Our goal is to be a one-stop spot for news, events and businesses in and around Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.
Editor ~ An online magazine for Chicago’s active families
Evanston Now ~ Online newspaper for Evanston, Ill. ~ Full-service news, arts, entertainment, neighborhood site
Feast of Fun ~ Feast of Fun is a hot mix of social news, rising trends, in-depth interviews and live music sessions- the best of the net in real-time.
Forgotten Chicago ~ Forgotten elements of our city’s infrastructure, architecture, neighborhoods, and general cityscape.
Gapers Block ~ A Chicago-centric online magazine covering news, events and opinion about the city
Getting Real ~ The Chicago Real Estate Scene
Hot Potato ~ Hot Potato is the little stories that fill you up. We cover stories not picked up by major media outlets, and we publish high-quality soft and hard news stories with multi-media.
I Hate My Developer ~ Woodlawn, Chicago & South Sider Observations
Illinois Outdoors ~ Fishing, hunting, and the outdoors
insideonline ~ community news
Journal of Ordinary Thought ~ Writing about family histories, personal experiences, and neighborhood issue by adults in the neighborhoods of Chicago.
Marathon Pundit ~ Politics–local, national, and international. And occasionally about running.
mark karlin ~ progressive politics and commerce
Me & My Shadow: A Life in Chicago ~ Explores historical and present-day Chicago on a personal level, emphasizing how neighborhoods shape identity
Metropolitan Planning Council blog ~ The blog focuses on regional growth and development best practices and policy reforms, and regularly touches on topics related to affordable housing, transportation, urban design, and water supply. It is written by the staff of the Metropolitan Planning Council, a nonprofit dedicated to helping shape a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region.
Mindful Metropolis ~ News & Lifestyle Journalism Catering to Chicago’s Conscious Community
Notes From North Sheridan ~ The college and new resident’s perspective on life in Chicago
NPCommunicator ~ Nonprofit communications
NUF SAID ~ New Media, Research, and Insights by and About Chicago Youth
Office Oracle ~ Insights and advice on office life from a corporate rat
Outside the Girl Box ~ It is about self-esteem and empowerment for pre-teen girls
Outside the Loop Radio: Chicago’s Almost Above-Ground Audio Magazine ~ Interviews with local figures, artists, musicians, and others who sometimes fly under the radar of the mainstream ~ What’s happening. Where you are. Right now.
PBS NewsHour (Formerly The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer) ~ In-depth analysis of national and international news.
Post-Tribune ~ Northwest Indiana news
Proyecto Latina ~ Latinas in the arts and beyond
Rogers Park in 1,000 Words ~ Rogers Park ~ My thoughts about the future of news locally and nationwide, as well as sporadic writing about the economy.
Seeding Chicago ~ How the urban agriculture movement is transforming Chicago communities
Shots in the Dark ~ Photo blog of the Chicago nightlife scene.
SkokieNet Community Information Network ~ News and other information of interest to folks in Skokie, IL; Stories, pix, opinions, and more from anyone in the Village
Sloopin ~ Anything to do with Chicago’s South Loop Neighborhood
Soleil’s To-Dos! ~ diverse cultural Chicago events
Southland Savvy ~ Local business news, primarily, with some news aggregation and items that celebrate life in the Chicago Southland.
That’s Awesome ~ Anything and everything that is awesome.
The 35th Street Review ~ Chicago White Sox baseball
The Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor ~ Politics and public policy
The Beachwood Reporter ~ A Chicago-centric news and culture review.
The Broken Heart of Rogers Park ~ Very local news and political commentary regarding a north side neighborhood in Chicago.
The Expired Meter ~ Parking tickets, red light camera tickets and generally about driving and parking in and around Chicago.
The Living Room in Rogers Park ~ Commentary on a variety of subjects, especially those that will impact the community such a Peak Oil and Climate Change.
The Music Box ~ Music and Pop Culture
The Sixth Ward ~ A neighborhood blog covering a variety of issues at the neighborhood, city, county, state and federal levels.
The Welles Park Bulldog ~ Neighborhood news for the Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, North Center, St. Bens, Graceland West, Ravenswood Manor, Rockwell Crossing and Ravenswood Gardens communities.
This is Hell! ~ Live on-air radio program that features views and voices not heard in the mainstream media. We also offer the Nine Circles of Hell! Monday through Friday – the nine most hellish stories we can find. It’s all the news that gives you fits in print.
Thriftista ~ How to live well in Chicagoland on a budget.
U.S. Catholic magazine ~ American Catholic life: politics, justice, church issues, spirituality, family, etc.
WE The People Media/Residents’ Journal ~ it provides a unique source of information to low-income youth, adults, seniors, and their advocates nationally
Windy City Media Group ~ Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans news, features, entertainment, sports and more

Why are we doing this, you ask? Quixotic or cussed though it may be to try to impose any order on the new news–without even going into the definition of new news–we think it’s worthwhile to have some sense of who’s writing what as a sort of snapshot in time.

We’ll talk and blog some more about this list–(just as an aside, thanks are especially due to Chicago Now for spreading the word amongst its bloggers) but for now the most salient point is–should you or someone you know be on this list of online news sources? In honor of Friday’s Talk Like Shakespeare Day, we can only say, get thee to the survey at ye olde linke:

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