Advisory Board & Acknowledgements

The NEW News 2012 would not have been possible without the support of those who lent their time, energy and expertise to its creation. In particular, we would like to thank our Advisory Committee and the profes- sionals who took time out of their busy days to be profiled for “What I Read.” A very special thanks to Valerie Denney and Curtis Black for contributing to the report and offering their years of experience in the Chicago media world to The NEW News 2012.

Report research and writing: Emily Culbertson

What I Read reporting: Valerie Denney and Emily Culbertson

Suburban news reporting: Curtis Black

Ethnic news reporting: Emily Culbertson

Introduction: Thom Clark

Editors: Thom Clark, Nora Ferrell and Vivian Vahlberg

Project management: Nora Ferrell

Online design and production: Demetrio Cardona-Maguigad

Graphics and report design: Tuan do

Video production: Marissa Wasseluk



Mandy Burrell, Communications Director, Metropolitan Planning Council

Stephen Franklin, Ethnic Media Director, Community Media Workshop

Mark Hallett, Senior Program Officer, McCormick Foundation

Gordon Mayer, Operations Director, National People’s Action

Michelle McLellan, Journalist and Consultant

Susan Richardson, Managing Editor, The Texas Observer

Jessica Rosenberg, Midwest Zone Coordinator,

Ernest Sanders, Northeast Regional e-Team, Partnership for a Connected Illinois

Yesenia Sotelo, Founder, SmartCause Digital

Vivian Vahlberg, Consultant, The Chicago Community Trust



Queta Bauer, Curtis Black, Deanndra Bunch, Thom Clark, Diana Pando & Maggie Walker

The Community Media Workshop also thanks the Community News Matters program of The Chicago Community Trust and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for generously funding for this research.

The NEW News by Community Media Workshop is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 unported License.

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