City Bureau is a nonprofit civic journalism lab based on the South Side of Chicago. We bring journalists and communities together in a collaborative spirit to produce media that is impactful, equitable and responsive to the public.
We run three programs that model a more democratic way of making media.
A paid 10-week program where journalists of all skill levels work together to produce stories impacting South and West side communities.
Skills trainings and paid opportunities for community members who want to get involved in civic processes at the neighborhood level.
City Bureau works with editors at local and national news outlets to co-publish content online and in print. Working with mainstream media outlets helps amplify the hard work of City Bureau journalists and provides opportunities for new voices to impact the broader narrative on a variety of vital issues. See our “Articles” section for a full list of stories published in partnership with local and national outlets, including:
See what others have written about our unique, award-winning model for civically engaged journalism:
Beyond participating in our three programs, you can always get in touch with us about opportunities to collaborate. We partner with community organizations across the city to host workshops, training sessions and other events related to journalism and civic issues. If you or your organization want to work with City Bureau on a special project or event, please contact us.