Iconic ‘Chicago Defender’ Newspaper Ends Print Publishing

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The Chicago Defender, a 114-year-old Black Chicago newspaper, printed its last print edition on July 10. 

The newspaper announced an end to its printing operations and will offer a digital-only platform as of today, July 11. Hiram E. Jackson, the CEO of Real Times Media who had purchased the newspaper back in 2003, said that the print version of the Black newspaper limited the paper’s reach. 

“Under the print version, we could not reach people where they live and work,” Jackson said. “Being a digital-only outlet will help us reach people who live on the West Side or South Side or south suburbs, giving people what they need when they want it. It makes us more nimble.”
“We’re really excited to pave the way to the future in really making sure there is a spot in the future for the Black press. We have more newspapers than any other…

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