Best Example of Old Media Hanging in There

Chicago Reporter

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The Chicago Reporter is 40 years old and still covering racial issues as well as anyone anywhere—which makes it more necessary than it's ever been, since most other news shops in Chicago—one of the country’s most segregated cities—hardly touch race at all. As when it was launched in 1972, the journal avoids flash and fire in favor of facts: recent investigations into police misconduct, immigrant wage theft, and politically connected slumlords are hard to dismiss since they're based on primary-source documents and data. The publication's print issues are less frequent than they once were—it went bimonthly a few years ago—but with a smart blog, a lively radio talk show, and a partnership that puts its deep dives on NBC channel 5, the Reporter's old-school journalism appears to be reaching more people than ever.