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    Martin Macias Jr commented  · 

    Hello - I'm also from Chicago and I appreciate the clarity in your description of our media outlets. I agree that we have a good variety of options where we get our information, but issues of conglomeration, representation, and ownership are always responsible questions to raise in such a large market. I work at a community latino public radio station in Pilsen called Radio Arte. Coming from an independent media perspective I will say that my view of the local media is a little more critical, with the intention of collaborating and developing in anyway we can with these groups. First I will say that the Chicago Reader's Ben Jarovski has really been the only journalist in the city constantly reporting on the TIF program, which funnels property tax revenue into a fund that the mayor runs with virtually no oversight. There are many issues in Chicago like school closings, privatization of public services, irresponsible community development that all deserve attention and steadfast effort to hold groups/individuals accountable. On Radio Arte's public affairs shows members of Teachers for Social Justice are the voices that offer analysis of education issues and also insight into movements to reform education from the grassroots. I don't want to sound divisive but I do think independent media consistently promotes a range of perspectives that is a key component of reliable information. Peace

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