Flourishing Chicago Hispanic Newspapers: Back of the Yard and Hoy Chicago

Chicago has an exciting Hispanic newspaper scene. We just got news from two different newspapers, one is being launched and another one expanding.

Beginning in March, Tribune Co.'s Spanish-language select market coverage product, Fin de Semana, is expanding its distribution in the Chicago market to 335,000 from 300,000, Editor and Publisher reports. The free paper is delivered to Spanish-dominant households on Saturdays.

The expansion follows an increase in the distribution of the Chicago edition of Hoy, the free weekday tabloid. Distribution of the paper Mondays through Thursdays was bumped up 13% to 75,000 in January. The Friday weekend edition remained at 100,000 copies.

New Bilingual Weekly

The Back of the Yards Newspaper launched on February 17, Medill Reports neither La Raza and Hoy cover specific issues from The Back of the Yards neighbourhood” . The first Back of the Yards Newspaper was delivered to 12,000 households and businesses between Racine and Rockwell avenues and 43rd and 51st streets. It is expected to have 24 to 30 pages with bilingual articles concerning the community.

Right now there are two major Hispanic newspapers in the Chicago area, La Raza and Hoy. However, while more than half of the population in The Back of the Yards neighborhood is Hispanic, 35.3 percent is black. Many residents live below the poverty level, according to the 2000 U.S. Census information on the BYNC Web site. The area must deal with gang and violence issues. According to The Back of the Yards Newspaper leadership,


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