Chicago Phoenix

TaglineChicago LGBT media goes digital (and grows up)
Year Founded2011
Type or CoverageHyperlocal
Type or CoverageOther
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Revenue SourcesNational Ads
Revenue SourcesMembership
Revenue SourcesSubscriptions
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)2-5
Staff Size (Editorial)6-10
Active Volunteers1-10
AffiliationsContent: Gay Chicago TV and Fusion Radio FM. Business: Fusion Radio FM.
Mappin LocationChicago - Illinois
Principal StaffDane Tidwell
Principal StaffTony Merevick
DescriptionGay media in Chicago has struggled in its search for identity. In recent years two of the city’s most prominent LGBT publications Gay Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Free Press shut down after transitioning from the traditional “bar rag” format with content centered on entertainment and sex culture to a more issue-related news and features focus. Some observers speculated that revenue problems and infighting caused both papers’ closings but others guessed that neither readers nor advertisers had taken to the more sober format.
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