Founded in 2015, 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.


City Bureau envisions a future in which all people are equipped with the tools and knowledge to effect change in their communities.


City Bureau makes journalism more democratic from the ground up.

We don’t believe in heroes. We believe in holistic, structural change focused on equity and inclusivity.

We want to build this movement together. We value collaboration, responsiveness and exchange. We know we are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us, just as we will hoist others to stand on ours.

We value and respect the process as much as the product. We will always be open and honest about our successes, failures and the processes that led us there.

We believe in place. Though we may have an impact nationally and internationally, we are committed to Chicago.


For further reading on City Bureau's philosophies, please see our Community Engagement Guidelines and Founders' Notebook blog. For more background on our work, see our 2018 Yearbook and Annual Report here.