The South Side Weekly is a nonprofit newspaper dedicated to supporting cultural and civic engagement on the South Side, and to developing emerging journalists, writers, and artists.

We publish in-depth coverage of politics, the arts, and issues of public interest alongside oral histories, poetry, fiction, interviews, and artwork from local photographers and illustrators.

The Weekly is produced by a mostly volunteer editorial staff and seeks contributions from across the city. We distribute the paper bi-weekly on Thursdays. A full map of our distribution network is available here.

If you have submissions, story ideas, comments, or questions, you can reach us by phone at (773) 234-5388, by email at editor@southsideweekly.com, or by mail at 6100 S Blackstone Ave. Chicago, IL 60637.

For information about advertising, check out our media kit or call (773) 234-5388.


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Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Serrato
Managing Editors Martha Bayne
Senior Editors Christian BelangerChristopher Good, Olivia Stovicek, Sam Stecklow

Politics Editor
Jim Daley
Education Editor Madeleine Parrish
Arts Editor Isabel Nieves
Housing Editor Malik Jackson
Immigration Editor Alma Campos
Community Organizing Editor Chima Ikoro

Contributing Editors Mira Chauhan, Lucia Geng, Matt MooreJocelyn Vega,  Tammy Xu, Jade Yan, Francisco Ramírez Pinedo

Staff Writer Kiran Misra, Jade Yan

Social Media Editors Davon Clark
Web Editor AV Benford
Visuals Editor Haley Tweedell
Deputy Visuals Editor Shane Tolentino,
Photo Editor: Keeley Parenteau
Staff Illustrators Mell Montezuma, Shane Tolentino

Director of Fact-Checking Charmaine Runes
Fact Checkers Abigail Bazin, Susan Chun, Hannah Faris, Kate Gallagher, Malvika Jolly, Sam Joyce, Maria Maynez, Matt Moore, Lucy Ritzmann, Charmaine Runes, Elizabeth Winkler, Katie Bart, Ebony Ellis
Layout Editors: Davon Clark, Haley Tweedell

Managing Director Jason Schumer
Director of Operations Brigid Maniates
Office Manager Mary Leonard

Webmaster Pat Sier

Board of Directors
Director Ben Austen
Director Harry Backlund
Director Kirsten Williams Smith
Director Jill Petty
Treasurer Anwulika Anigbo
Chair Jasmine Mithani


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Editorial Independence Policy

South Side Weekly subscribes to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Donor Transparency

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts and grants from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $5,000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will avoid accepting donations from anonymous sources, and we will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.


McCormick Foundation

PEN America Foundation

Illinois Humanities

Facebook Journalism Project

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