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.
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.https://t.co/4x9MYeTHBS— 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