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Block Club Chicago Brings Hyperlocal Reporting Back To Chicago Neighborhoods

When a newsroom closes its doors, it inevitably leaves a void in the community and city it serves. This was no less true when, three months ago, billionaire Joe Ricketts dropped the unexpected bombshell that would reverberate across the city: DNAInfo Chicago, a digital news outlet focused on hyperlocal reporting, was done. 

Now, several former DNAInfo Chicago journalists have gotten the band back together to carry on their journalism legacy in the form of a nonprofit outlet: Block Club Chicago. 

WOW! $100,000 Y'ALL. This means we can hire ANOTHER REPORTER to cover Chicago's neighborhoods. This is just the beginning... we can't wait to make you proud.

— Block Club Chicago (@BlockClubCHI) February 7, 2018

Morning Shift talks to Block Club’s three founding members opens the phones to give listeners a chance to share what neighborhoods are undeserved by impactful storytelling, as well as which stories are yet to be uncovered.


Shamus Toomey, Block Club Chicago co-founder and editor-in-chief

Jen Sabella, Block Club Chicago co-founder and director of strategy

Stephanie Lulay, Block Club Chicago co-founder and managing editor

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