Brown Line Media



An independently owned network of three sites reporting on Chicago's North Side2010GeneralHyperlocalIllinoisChicagoFor-profitLocal AdsKnight FoundationMacArthur FoundationMcCormick FoundationOther Foundation2-52-51-10WordPress.orgThe Chicago Independent Ad Network was formed through grants from the Chicago Community Trust as well as the foundations listed in the “Institutional Support” section of this data set.Chicago - IllinoisMike FourcherPatty WetliThough he writes a vast majority of the posts on his flagship news site Center Square Journal Mike Fourcher prefers the title of publisher over journalist. “That’s an important distinction” he says. “I do employ journalists… but the person that runs a baseball bat company is not a carpenter.” A native Chicagoan Fourcher launched Center Square in early 2010 after some soul-searching following a decade-plus spent working in political lobbying and business consulting in different cities across the country. At the time the city’s North Side was wanting for local online coverage as the Wednesday Journal chain had recently sold its two area print-and-web weeklies the News-Star and Booster to the print-only Inside Publications. Fourcher’s turf seemed fertile for a media startup. “I figured no one was going to compete with me if I started a hyperlocal news site and I might be able to sell some ads eventually so there I went” he says. http://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2012/01/brown-line-media.phphttp://www.brownlinemedia.com
TaglineAn independently owned network of three sites reporting on Chicago's North Side
Year Founded2010
Type or CoverageGeneral
Type or CoverageHyperlocal
StateIllinois
CityChicago
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Institutional SupportKnight Foundation
Institutional SupportMacArthur Foundation
Institutional SupportMcCormick Foundation
Institutional SupportOther Foundation
Staff Size (Business)2-5
Staff Size (Editorial)2-5
Active Volunteers1-10
CMSWordPress.org
AffiliationsThe Chicago Independent Ad Network was formed through grants from the Chicago Community Trust as well as the foundations listed in the “Institutional Support” section of this data set.
Mappin LocationChicago - Illinois
Principal StaffMike Fourcher
Principal StaffPatty Wetli
DescriptionThough he writes a vast majority of the posts on his flagship news site Center Square Journal Mike Fourcher prefers the title of publisher over journalist. “That’s an important distinction” he says. “I do employ journalists… but the person that runs a baseball bat company is not a carpenter.” A native Chicagoan Fourcher launched Center Square in early 2010 after some soul-searching following a decade-plus spent working in political lobbying and business consulting in different cities across the country. At the time the city’s North Side was wanting for local online coverage as the Wednesday Journal chain had recently sold its two area print-and-web weeklies the News-Star and Booster to the print-only Inside Publications. Fourcher’s turf seemed fertile for a media startup. “I figured no one was going to compete with me if I started a hyperlocal news site and I might be able to sell some ads eventually so there I went” he says.
Profile on CJRhttp://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2012/01/brown-line-media.php
Homepagehttp://www.brownlinemedia.com