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Chicago’s media landscape is undergoing seismic shifts. Media giants are consolidating ownership as new independent nonprofit outlets emerge. As news and information sources change, one constant remains: a handful of mostly downtown, for-profit news and media outlets define what is newsworthy.

The often incomplete or inaccurate narratives, particularly about communities of color, reinforce existing power structures and perpetuate misleading stereotypes. In 2019, after being informed by recommendations from nearly 70 journalists, media makers, and storytellers from communities of color, MacArthur partnered with The Field Foundation on its creation of the Media & Storytelling Program, which provides grants to a more diverse set of Chicago news outlets, reporters, and media makers to ensure stories of all Chicagoans are told accurately, fairly, and contextually.

As part of its Jack Fuller Legacy Initiative, MacArthur has so far committed $6 million over six years that has supported 78 nonprofit media outlets and special reporting projects to date. The Field Foundation uses that support to award a range of grants, each in the amount of $25,000 to $50,000 three times per year, for content creation, editorial collaborations and partnerships, and operations and equipment. Funding for travel and professional development is also available. Learn more about requirements, deadline information and how to apply.

The following Chicago media outlets and projects have been supported by the Media & Storytelling Program:

360 Nation

90 Days, 90 Voices NFP


American Indian Association of Illinois

American Indian Center

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council

Black Researchers Collective

Block Club Chicago

Borderless Magazine NFP

Change The Name Documentary

Chicago Crusader Newspaper

Chicago Defender Charities, Inc.

Chicago Filmmakers

Chicago Public Media (Vocalo)

Chicago South Side Film Festival

Cicero Independiente

City Vanguard

Communications Problem Solvers

Community Film Workshop of Chicago

Community Renewal Society c/o The Chicago Reporter

DVIDEO 79 Productions

E3 Radio

Filmmakers Collaborative - Forgiving Cain

Free Spirit Media

Full Spectrum Features NFP

Girls Like Me Project

Growing Community Media NFP dba The Austin Weekly News

Guild Literary Complex

Hartman Publishing Group aka NDIGO STUDIO

Henry Williams Love Foundation

Honey Pot Performance

Injustice Watch

Institute for Nonprofit News

InterAction Initiative Inc.

Invisible Institute

JoYful SoundZ

Juneteenth Productions

Kartemquin Educational Films - Unapologetic

Kartemquin Films - Traces of Home

Kartemquin Films - Educational Films

Korean News of Chicago Inc dba Korea Times Chicago

La Raza Newspaper (La Raza Chicago, Inc)

Mama Gloria Film LLC

Midway Broadcasting Corporation

Muslim American Leadership Alliance

National Museum of Mexican Art

North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society

Open the Circle

OTV | Open Television

Pigment International(TM)

Public Media Institute

Public Narrative

Reader Institute for Community Journalism

Rebellious Magazine for Women

School Film LLC

Sistematic Podcast

Sisters in Cinema

Sixty Inches From Center

Steven J Walsh Productions

STM Reader LLC (aka Chicago Reader)


Strategy for Access Foundation NFP

Streetwise, Inc.

The Chicago South Side Film Festival

The Firehouse Community Arts Center

The Hoodoisie

The Lit Review Podcast

The Trace

The TRiiBE

True Star Foundation


URBAN Prescriptives

Watched Films LLC

Westside Media Project

Window to the World Communications, Inc.

Windy City Media Group

YR Media