New community newspaper gives Chicago's near northwest side including the Bucktown, East Village, Noble Square, Ukrainian Village, WestTown and Wicker Park neighborhoods their community voice back. Our Urban Times rolls out on the internet at www.OurUrbanTimes.com.
"Without communications, there is no community," states Elaine Coorens, Editor/Publisher of Our Urban Times. "Having lived in Wicker Park for more than thirty years, I was horrified that our area lost its community voice when the Chicago Journal ceased publishing our local edition in late April 2009. Believing that the community needed some type of coverage, my journalistic roots led me into becoming the Wicker Park and Bucktown Examiner in May. Though stories are informative, entertaining and interesting, a blog does not provide the community a medium that supports traditional newspaper coverage."
OUT is setup to not only deliver news, information and knowledge but also to respond to many peoples' interests in being involved with the community without spending hours in meetings at a specific time and place. With space dedicated to local resource information such as schools, organizations and city services, Our Urban Times is engaging local writers to cover the news as well as providing and sharing knowledge about a plethora of subjects. Readers are encouraged to participate by putting up issues for discussion, adding comments to stories and offering ideas, volunteer time and/or money to assist others with a myriad of issues.
"We've set up OUT to be the place 'where community communicates.' We're providing the place and lots of people are stepping up to provide content. Now it's time for other members of the community to visit the site regularly and engage. Comments may be added on most stories and items may be added to the calendar of events after registering on the site. Responding to questions in 'Shout Out' or posting a question as well as giving us news tips are all in the hands of the reader. Furthermore readers can connect with others by offering to fulfill the needs and wishes of other community people and organizations, " Coorens explains.