03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Community Trust Doles Out $500,000 For Local Journalism

Local journalism in Chicago is getting a big shot in the arm.

The Chicago Community Trust on Thursday announced 12 winners of grants totaling $500,000 for innovative efforts to cover local journalism. The recipients of the Community News Matters Awards were chosen from 86 applicants who together asked for $5.7 million.

"The response to this program demonstrates without a doubt that the Chicago region is loaded with talented people and smart organizations determined to find new ways to serve the public's information needs in these times of enormous change in the media landscape," said Terry Mazany, president and chief executive officer of the Trust, in a press release. "The Chicago area has become a real laboratory for development of the future for community news and information."

See the full list of recipients and how much they got:

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