City Bureau is committed to local media that involves the public at every step of the process. Our three-pronged approach—the Reporting Fellowship, Documenters, and Public Newsroom—are a holistic way of bridging the ideals of civic journalism with the political and socioeconomic realities in which we exist.

The Press Club gives us the resources to grow sustainably, independently and—most importantly—to be accountable to you, our readers, supporters and neighbors.

Members of the Press Club are more than donors—your contribution represents a shared commitment to reimagining local journalism. As a Press Club member, you'll get to offer feedback at the earliest stages of our projects, see behind-the-scenes updates on all of our stories and access special workshops. With your support, we're able to keep our core programming free and open to the public.

**UPDATE 10/6/2017** We are excited to announce that, due to the generous contributions of NewsMatch, all donations between now and December 31 to City Bureau will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000—double your contribution today!

$8/month

Same price as Netflix, but for a stronger democracy

What you get:

  • Access to our quarterly Press Club newsletter. Get an inside look at our reporters' process.
  • A pack of 5 postcards with photographs from City Bureau photojournalists.

$25/month

Help fund a month’s worth of our Public Newsroom

What you get:

  • Everything included in Bronze Membership.
  • Swag! Get your choice of a City Bureau T-shirt or mug.
  • Access to special members-only workshops throughout the year.

$50/month

Help our Documenters cover public meetings every month

What you get:

  • Everything included in Silver Membership.
  • More swag! Get your choice of a City Bureau hoodie or tote bag.
  • A beautifully designed book of our photography and work. It's our annual report—made with you in mind.

At City Bureau, we make sure every dollar goes toward supporting equitable, representational journalism in Chicago and beyond. Your money ensures City Bureau can stay independent and sustainable.

We value your contribution at any amount.