The underserved communities of Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side are the focus of a free twice-weekly newsletter to be launched jointly today by two local newsrooms, Robert Feder writes.
Neighborhood news website Block Club Chicago and the Austin Weekly News are collaborating on the newsletter, which will be delivered to subscribers by email on Wednesdays and Fridays.
In addition to the work of the two news organizations, the newsletter also will highlight coverage of the West Side by The Triibe, Austin Talks, Free Spirit Media and City Bureau.
"Legacy Chicago newsrooms have historically ignored the West Side except to exploit sensational stories that play into the same tired narratives of hopelessness, violence and trauma in Black neighborhoods," said Block Club West Side reporter Pascal Sabino, who will curate the newsletter with Austin Weekly editor Michael Romain.
"Austin Weekly News has been here all along covering the stories that matter most to West Side residents — and Block Club shares that mission. I hope this collaboration helps create a new model for reporting on the West Side that empowers residents to control the community’s narrative," Sabino said.
Block Club was founded in 2018 by alumni of DNAinfo Chicago as a nonprofit digital news site. Growing Community Media, parent company of the 34-year-old Austin Weekly, recently moved to a nonprofit business model.
via Daily Herald
July 22, 2020 at 06:40AM