People to Pitch: Steve Rhodes, Beachwood Reporter

Steve Rhodes, editor and publisher of the Beachwood Reporter, talked with CMW about what benefits nonprofit communicators and agencies could gain from pitching to smaller news outlets.

Pitch Steve by emailing him at or calling him at 773-235-8986.

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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 Read the rest of this entry »

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