The Chicago Reporter has joined a new advertising network of 15 local websites supported by a $50,000 startup grant from The Chicago Community Trust. The Chicago Independent Ad Network will help independent news outlets become more sustainable through advertising income.The network, which amasses a combined total of 1.1 million impressions each month, also includes our sister publication, Catalyst Chicago, as well as the Beachwood Reporter, Center Square Journal, Chicago News Cooperative, Community Media Workshop, Edgeville Buzz, Evanston Now, Gapers Block, Local Tourist, Mindful Metropolis, Neighborhood Parents Network, Reel Chicago, Roscoe View Journal and Windy Citizen.

The network launches Nov. 1. To advertise with the network, contact Kathy Chapman at (773) 966-2720 or

The Field Foundation has contracted with the Reporter for $15,000 to produce “The Community Violence Project,” a yearlong series about violence and the community organizations working to prevent it. The Reporter will produce profiles of anti-violence organizations examining their approach to address community violence. In addition, the Reporter plans to provide more in-depth coverage of Chicago homicides.

The Reporter has entered into a community partnership agreement with CAN-TV, Chicago’s cable access network broadcasting on several Comcast cable channels. CAN-TV will display headlines from the Reporter at least 24 times a day on cable access CAN-TV. The Reporter will share relevant CAN-TV programming in its weekly e-newsletter.

Sizable excerpts from the cover story in the Reporter’s September/October 2009 edition, “Black and white, seeing red all over,” will be featured in a soon-to-be-published introductory edition of “Social Issues in Literature: Race in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.” It will be the first in a series of works that highlight sociology in literature.