We’ll Always Have Spring 2014…
Our cover illustration for the Spring 2014 issue of the Chicago Reporter — the magazine focused on “race, poverty and income inequality” that began 1972, will publish its last print issue this year in a nod to the changing media landscape.
The magazine’s editor and publisher, Susan Smith Richardson, told readers in an email today (below) that the nonprofit has “decided to end the quarterly publication of The Chicago Reporter and focus our work online, where we can reach wider audiences and have a greater impact while staying true to our mission.”
Other publications, such as the Onion and Newsweek, also ended their paper editions (Newsweek later revived it) in an age when competing with online and mobile media alternatives has cut into advertising revenue and when printing costs have become a more expensive proposition. The Chicago Reporter is a bit different in that it’s a nonprofit organization, but the media industry pressures remain.
“And, yes, we will continue to produce the long-form investigations you’ve come to expect from us,” Richardson said. She opened the letter by recalling the publication’s inaugural editorial in which its co-editors at the time, John McDermott and Lillian Calhoun, said: “Of all the challenges facing Chicago, race is the make or break issue of the 1970s” and noted that the statement is still true today.
“We want to be part of an online conversation that is changing the national conversation about race,” she said in the letter. The organization will have an October reception to celebrate its past and its future.