Publisher Dan Haley, left, talks with reporters about coverage expectations on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, during an editorial meeting for the transition to Growing Community Media at the Wednesday Journal, Inc. office in Oak Park, Ill. | ALEX ROGALS/Staff Photographer

Growing Community Media, NFP is a local journalism nonprofit based out of Oak Park, IL. It publishes four weekly newspapers (Wednesday Journal, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, Austin Weekly News and Forest Park Review) and covers news in Chicago’s West Side, Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Brookfield, Riverside, and North Riverside.

Our Mission:

  • Building community through independent, non-partisan community journalism.
  • Reporting local news and telling compelling local stories in many ways, across many platforms.
  • Convening community members and organizations, especially those not often heard, for honest conversations as we build a pervasive presence in our communities.

Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

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