Dear readers,

I wasn’t expecting my first year as editor-in-chief of South Side Weekly to be this tough. Our work routine and our plans for community outreach were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as we faced the hard reality that residents in this area of the city were devastated and experiencing so much loss in such a short amount of time.

For a minute we questioned South Side Weekly’s future. In our April 1 issue, we wrote that it would “likely be our last print edition for the next few months.” And yet, not only did we manage to keep putting out a print product, we put out ground-breaking, nuanced, and empowering stories.

We centered the lived experiences of South Siders with regards to policing, protesting, and systemic racism, which helped facilitate public conversations around the notion of journalistic objectivity and the role the media plays in blocking or advancing social change.

What’s also clear, and highlighted in our recent Best of the South Side 2020 issue, is that we take care of us. Without your support during last year’s NewsMatch campaign, our year would have looked very different.

This #GivingNewsDay, we’re asking for your support to help us navigate what’s sure to be another unpredictable and challenging year. Normally NewsMatch doubles every donation between November 1 and December 31, but we just found out that South Side Weekly has been selected to receive an additional matching grant from NewsMatch for our dedication to serving communities of color in Chicago. That means that every donation today is tripled!

We’re excited to have this opportunity to amplify the impact of your support. If we raise $10,000 by the end of the year, you’ll help us unlock an additional $20,000 in matching funds for a total of $30,000.

If you’re able, please consider making a one-time or recurring donation today and help us move forward into the hope and challenge of the new year.

Thank you for your support,


Jackie Serrato

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