The Beachwood Reporter



A belligerently informed take on Chicago media, sports, and culture2006GeneralIllinoisChicagoFor-profitLocal AdsNational AdsDonationsGrantsMerchandiseOther Foundation0131-50MovableTypeInstitutional Support: Chicago Community Trust.Chicago - IllinoisSteve RhodesCate NolanIn 2006 after fifteen years as a print journalist including six years as a political reporter with Chicago Magazine Steve Rhodes took the biggest gamble of his career. Frustrated with what he viewed as the magazine’s obliviousness towards the Internet he quit his job and threw all of his financial and journalistic resources behind his own online magazine The Beachwood Reporter. Rhodes describes the site as “a bar’s-eye view of Chicago” a reference to the site’s origins. He says he started the website because of “frustration” with his old bosses at Chicago Magazine “combined with feeling like it was time for a change combined with the fact that I hung out at a bar called the Beachwood Inn and I was sick of my friends and I talking about what we wanted to do and not doing it.” The bar would provide the website with its name as well as many of its contributing writers. Five years later a lot of the site’s writing retains the informal snarky feel of an alcohol-fueled bull session. “This is us sitting at the bar making wisecracks about how stupid the world is” says Rhodes “but we’re not the uninformed angry guy at the bar.” http://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2011/05/the-beachwood-reporter.phpbeachwoodreporter.com
TaglineA belligerently informed take on Chicago media, sports, and culture
Year Founded2006
Type or CoverageGeneral
StateIllinois
CityChicago
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Revenue SourcesNational Ads
Revenue SourcesDonations
Revenue SourcesGrants
Revenue SourcesMerchandise
Institutional SupportOther Foundation
Staff Size (Business)0
Staff Size (Editorial)1
Active Volunteers31-50
CMSMovableType
AffiliationsInstitutional Support: Chicago Community Trust.
Mappin LocationChicago - Illinois
Principal StaffSteve Rhodes
Principal StaffCate Nolan
DescriptionIn 2006 after fifteen years as a print journalist including six years as a political reporter with Chicago Magazine Steve Rhodes took the biggest gamble of his career. Frustrated with what he viewed as the magazine’s obliviousness towards the Internet he quit his job and threw all of his financial and journalistic resources behind his own online magazine The Beachwood Reporter. Rhodes describes the site as “a bar’s-eye view of Chicago” a reference to the site’s origins. He says he started the website because of “frustration” with his old bosses at Chicago Magazine “combined with feeling like it was time for a change combined with the fact that I hung out at a bar called the Beachwood Inn and I was sick of my friends and I talking about what we wanted to do and not doing it.” The bar would provide the website with its name as well as many of its contributing writers. Five years later a lot of the site’s writing retains the informal snarky feel of an alcohol-fueled bull session. “This is us sitting at the bar making wisecracks about how stupid the world is” says Rhodes “but we’re not the uninformed angry guy at the bar.”
Profile on CJRhttp://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2011/05/the-beachwood-reporter.php
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