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CU-Citizen Access and Hoy Chicago collaborate on diversity project

10/19/2012  8:00 am

A special project on the flourishing and growing diversity in Central Illinois published in two newspaper sections in The News-Gazette on Friday, October 19.

The project, called the Midwest Chronicles, is the result of a collaboration between and Hoy Chicago that involved journalists from Chicago and Champaign-Urbana and the journalism department at the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. is an online community newsroom based in the journalism department and Hoy Chicago is the largest Spanish language daily in the Midwest. In addition, Illinois Public Media contributed to the project and there will be future news reports on WILL radio.

The project, which began earlier this year, involved journalists, professors and students and focuses on the changing demographics of a 16-county region in Central Illinois and the people behind those demographics. The special sections, containing stories both in English and Spanish, will get wide distribution throughout the Chicago area and also be delivered for free to the largely Latino Shadow Wood neighborhood in Champaign.
Readers will find a wide range of stories, including those about the Latino population that has settled in Arcola, the impact of a federal deportation program on the region, and the growing Filipino community in Champaign.

"We are pleased to have worked closely with our colleagues at Hoy Chicago to produce this in-depth look into our communities," said Brant Houston, the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the journalism department who oversees "This also shows the strength of our efforts in the College of Media to increase our public engagement in the region."

More stories and content from the project will appear on in the coming weeks.  WILL’s Sean Powers already has produced a two-part radio series that aired in September on stations across Illinois at