The Public Conscience of Chicago: The Chicago Reporter and Four Decades of Investigating Race and Poverty

dc.contributor.advisorFeldstein, Marken_US
dc.contributor.authorBrune, Thomasen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.description.abstractABSTRACT Title of Thesis: THE PUBLIC CONSCIENCE OF CHICAGO: THE CHICAGO REPORTER AND FOUR DECADES OF INVESTIGATING RACE AND POVERTY Thomas Brune, Master of Arts, Journalism, 2015 Thesis Directed By: Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism Mark Feldstein, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland The Chicago Reporter is a small nonprofit news organization founded in 1972 to use investigative and data-driven journalism to uncover and highlight racial and economic disparities in Chicago. It is written for local elites who can implement reforms. Its stories have prompted changes, and it has trained a diverse group of journalists in the process. But it never has built a broad readership or developed a business plan that doesn’t rely on charity. The question of this thesis is: How has the Chicago Reporter survived for four decades? A review of its history and interviews with its publishers found the Reporter still exists because it has a base at a stable nonprofit, and its reporting on race and poverty draws support from a core group of funders, leaders, and academics. Yet its singular focus has limited expansion, and its recent move to an all-digital operation poses challenges for its future.en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledBlack studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEthnic studiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCivil rightsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledData journalismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledInvestigative reportingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRacial issuesen_US
dc.titleThe Public Conscience of Chicago: The Chicago Reporter and Four Decades of Investigating Race and Povertyen_US


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