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Bringing Neighborhood News Back by Block Club Chicago

A project in Chicago, IL by Block Club Chicago

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Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit neighborhood news site started by former editors and reporters at DNAinfo Chicago. We're back!
Backers: 3143
Average Pledge Per Backer: $58

Funded: $183,720 of $25,000
Dates: Feb 6th -> Mar 8th (30 days)
Project By: Block Club Chicago
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Latest News

These three startups are here to save local news in their communities

September 30th - via:
The Colorado Sun, Block Club Chicago, and the Daily Memphian aspire to fill the voids in their communities left by shrinking staffs, budget shortfalls, and shuttered publications in local newsrooms. All three projects are less than a few months old -- Block Club Chicago debuted in June, while the Daily Memphian launched September 17. Despite the financial concerns that often plague small outlets, the sites have received an outpouring of support from readers and sponsors. Block Club Chicago raised over $183,000 on Kickstarter, and the Daily Memphian raised $6.7 million. (Read More)

These startups are trying to save local news

July 26th - via:
Many upstart efforts are still finding their footing, but they provide a glimmer of hope for local newsrooms that have been ravaged by budget cuts and painful layoffs. (Read More)

The Final Countdown: 20 Hours Left To Help Us Break A Record

March 7th - via:
Spoiler alert: This update contains sappiness                                          Photos: Chris Sweda/Block Club Chicago  Happy Wednesday, wonderful people.  I woke up about ten times last night thinking about what I would... (Read More)

New Swag Alert! And How To Donate A Block Club Membership

March 6th - via:
Happy Tuesday to my favorite people!  This morning, we are incredibly excited to announce some NEW SWAG and a new donation level for Block Club Chicago members! Proving once again that Chicagoans are the very best, several of you asked for a way to... (Read More)

Let's Hang Out (Also, We Are SO CLOSE To Breaking A Record!)

March 5th - via:
Hello you beautiful humans,  Happy Monday! Is it just us or has this month flown by? This has been the most energizing and inspiring few weeks and after hearing from all of you, we are even more  confident in our mission to make local, neighborhood... (Read More)

5 Things You Should Know About Block Club Chicago

February 21st - via:
Hello, lovely humans.  It's been a minute since we've updated because we have been BUSY. The interest in Block Club Chicago blew us away, and had us running around to city to talk about it to anyone who will listen!  We're trying to keep our eyes... (Read More)

DNAinfo to Become Block Club Chicago With Immense Support

February 10th - via:
A few months after Chicago news specialist DNAinfo’s website was taken offline, Chicago journalists came together to form Block Club Chicago. The site is boosted by blockchain and supported by subscriptions. (Read More)

What ‘No Story Is Too Small’ Really Means To Us

February 9th - via:
Happy snow day, Chicago!  Dogs enjoy the snow day in Wicker Park. Photo: Alisa Hauser Before the weekend hits, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your support  and share a really great post from one of our reporters about the impact... (Read More)

Block Club Chicago wants to bring local news back

February 8th - via:
The shuttering of DNAinfo left a void in Chicago’s local news coverage. This startup wants to fill it. Block Club Chicago, a local news startup wants to bring hyperlocal news coverage back to the city under a reader-supported, nonprofit newsroom model. Block Club Chicago launched a Kickstarter page on February 6, which surpassed $118,000 in pledges from nearly 2,000 backers on the morning of February 8. (Read More)

You Just Helped Us Hire Another Reporter

February 7th - via:
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, CHICAGO. You are incredible. We are all blown away by your support and kind words. Obviously, every dime we make will go into covering the city's neighborhoods, so please keep spreading the word! We'll keep you... (Read More)


February 6th - via:
Wow, y'all. We are completely in awe of the support we've received this morning. Further proof that this city is the best city on the planet.  We've already surpassed our goal which is AMAZING, but we are excited to keep this thing going, so please... (Read More)

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