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The Chicago Reporter has been awarded a $75,000 challenge grant through the Challenge Fund for Journalism VI, a program of the Ford, McCormick, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism foundations that uses challenge grants to enhance the organizational capacity and fundraising skills of organizations working in youth media, ethnic media and investigative reporting.

Through this initiative, from Jan. 1, 2010, through Nov. 30, 2011, the Reporter is charged with raising $75,000 from new sources or in increased donations or revenue from existing sources.

In an effort to meet this challenge, the Reporter will explore a range of new ventures to generate contributed and earned revenue from new sources. Those sources could include individual, corporate and foundation donors interested in the Reporter's focus on race and poverty or its six beat coverage areas (criminal justice, immigration, government and politics, business and labor, health, and housing). In addition, the Reporter will explore ways to generate income through new or expanded Web and print products, such as briefing sheets, customized data analyses and reader-driven investigations.

The Reporter's "Was it Racism? 2009" feature, a collection of the 10 most "head-scratching" moments involving race in 2009, generated a sizeable number of page views during its first two days on Chicago Muckrakers--the Reporter's blog on ChicagoNow. com. In those two days alone, the post accounted for more than half of the Reporter's page views since launching Chicago Muckrakers in August.

Reporter alum Carlos Hernandez Gomez passed away on Jan. 17, after a yearlong battle with cancer. He worked on the Reporter staff from the fall of 2000 to the fall of 2001 as the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Minority Fellow in Urban Journalism. He enjoyed a memorable year at the Reporter, writing cover stories that examined how the criminal justice system dealt with convicted elected officials and the dormant, yet promising, political clout of Chicago's Latino communities.

After leaving the Reporter, Carlos worked as a political reporter at Chicago Public Radio and later with CLTV and WGN-TV. His passing drew comments from dozens of journalists and politicians, including President Barack Obama.

The Reporter offers its deepest condolences to Carlos' family.
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Date:Mar 1, 2010
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