Save The Chicago Reporter

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As alumni of The Chicago Reporter, a group that has spanned its nearly 50 year history, we are concerned about the future of the Reporter, which has served as an iconic journalistic agent of change through its fact- and data-based reporting.

In September, the Community Renewal Society put the Reporter on “hiatus” and removed its editor and publisher with no public announcement or explanation.  Months later, we are still in the dark about its future.

We are calling on the Community Renewal Society to restore the editorial independence and resume publishing The Chicago Reporter.

There has never been a more important time for The Chicago Reporter to be actively engaged in its work of exposing systemic racism, as activists and citizens raise issues of racial and economic disparities and police shootings of Black men and women.

Movements depend on the facts dug up and revealed by journalists about illegal, unfair and immoral acts of government and other institutions, and succeed in forcing change through the spotlight of news organizations like the Reporter.

The Reporter’s success depends on its independent editorial control and its freedom to conduct its investigations and reporting without interference as it holds institutions and leaders accountable on issues of race, ethnicity, poverty and justice. 

We ask the public -- including the people of Chicago and journalists at large -- to sign this petition asking Community Renewal Society to reinstate The Chicago Reporter and to hire a highly qualified, independent editor and publisher to oversee its operations going forward.