Media Monitoring System


 
The Chicago Monitor sprouted from a desire to monitor local and national media with the purpose of reinforcing positive and accurate coverage of Muslims and Islam, and challenging simplistic, demonizing, or biased reports. Although the Chicago Monitor has since evolved, the media monitoring system it initially relied on is still a crucial part of its mission. A team of coordinators, and volunteer activists working under our director of communications continue to monitor the news for this purpose. The following are the Chicagoland and national media venues we currently observe: 

 

  • Headquarters: Chicago
  • Owner: Tribune Company
  • Total Circulation: 957,212*
  • Circulation Rank: #6 out of 100*
  • Website:chicagotribune.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

 

  • Headquarters: Chicago
  • Owner: Sun-Times Media Group
  • Total Circulation: 389,353*
  • Circulation Rank: #15 out of 100*
  • Website: suntimes.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

  • Headquarters: Arlington Heights
  • Owner: Paddock Publications
  • Total Circulation: 153,291*
  • Circulation Rank: #80 out of 100*
  • Website: dailyherald.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

  • Headquarters: New York
  • Owner: New York Times Co.
  • Total Circulation: 1,683,855*
  • Circulation Rank: #3 out of 100*
  • Website: nytimes.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

  • Headquarters: New York
  • Owner: Dow Jones & Company
  • Total Circulation: 2,058,342*
  • Circulation Rank: #2 out of 100*
  • Website: wsj.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

 

  • Headquarters: Los Angeles
  • Owner: Tribune Company
  • Total Circulation: 1,231,318*
  • Circulation Rank: #4 out of 100*
  • Website: latimes.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

 

  • Headquarters: Washington D.C.
  • Owner: Washington Post Company
  • Total Circulation: 960,684*
  • Circulation Rank: #5 out of 100*
  • Website: washingtonpost.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

  • Headquarters: Washington D.C.
  • Owner: Sun Myung Moon
  • Total Circulation: 120,085*
  • Circulation Rank: #92 out of 100*
  • Website: www.washingtontimes.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

  • Letter to the Editor: editor@usatoday.com
  • Chicago Phone: 312-670-0210
  • Chicago Fax: 312-670-9962

  • Headquarters: McLean, VA
  • Owner: Garnett Company Inc.
  • Total Circulation: 2,528,437*
  • Circulation Rank: #1 out of 100*
  • Website: usatoday.com
Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

  • Headquarters: New York City
  • Owner: The Huffington Post Media Group
  • Blog Rank: #1 out of 100
  • Website: www.huffingtonpost.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

  • Headquarters: New York
  • Owner: The Newsweek Daily Beast Company
  • Blog Rank: #2 out of 100
  • Website: www.thedailybeast.com

Help the Chicago Monitor fight media disinformation and bias against Islam and Muslims, report media bias by submitting this form.

 

 

It’s a well known fact, that bad news sells. This is especially true when it comes to coverage of Islam and Muslims in our media.

One would be hard pressed to read about Muslims in a major newspaper without words like “terrorism”, “violence”, or “bombing” recurring constantly. Why are Islam and Muslims only represented through their problem areas? Are these activities even representative of most Muslims as one would presume if left dependent on the media in forming an impression of Islam and Muslims?

Well, the obvious answer is no. Most Muslims have nothing to do with terrorism; in America, out of 8 million American Muslims, fewer than 20 were ever indicted as terrorists. Yet the fact remains, most Americans depend on the media as the sole source of information on Islam and Muslims, and most media outlets only ever cover Muslims and Islam except relative to terrorism and warfare. This disparity between representation and reality must be remedied.

- ChicagoMonitor.com

The most important thing to keep in mind at the onset is that the media is not your enemy. Things are not perfect because that is the default situation. Making things better, therefore, requires going the extra mile.

As consumers and contributors to media, we must assist them in reaching a higher level of professionalism, accuracy, and integrity in their coverage of Islam and Muslims. Success benefits not only Muslims, but the media venues and all their audiences as well.

Even when chastising or rebuking outrageous reporting, you are acting in comradry, since your criticism is constructive and meant to educate and improve. Here are some tips to keep in mind when communicating with the media:

  • Be firm yet polite. Avoid anger and refrain from profanity.
  • Be clear, specific, and concise.
  • Use lucid English, and spell check your written correspondence.
  • Don’t indulge in conspiracy theories and general accusations.
  • Make an effort to convince; use logic, objective analysis, and meaningful analogies.
  • Fortify your argument with material support: quotes, stats, surveys, citations.
  • Offer distinct ideas in separate bullet points.
  • Request a specific remedy, don’t leave things hanging. You may ask that an apology be issued, a statement be recanted, or an opposing view be represented equally.
  • CC the Chicago Monitor’s editors in all your correspondence: info@chicagomonitor.com
  • When writing to reporters, columnists, cartoonists, commentators, etc, make sure to CC their superiors be they editors, producers, or executives.
  • If it is a serious issue, CC the sponsors and advertisers as well.
  • Always keep a copy of your communique.
  • Supply your name, address, profession, daytime phone number, and email.
  • Keep a record of any responses you may receive.

  • The Chicago Monitor’s Media Response System is fueled by the dedication of volunteer members of the community like yourself who feel ownership of the problem and wish to contribute towards a solution.
  • Our talented volunteers are organized into teams, with each team monitoring a specific media outlet or specific sector within an outlet. See Monitored outlets to the left.
  • Problematic coverage is flagged and descriptive brief reports are sent alerting our media coordinators via the emails to the left or via the form also to the left.
  • Our coordinators work under our director of communications to create file logs, bubble up requests for responses to our team of writers, or send out action alerts to our mailing list.
  • Serious violations of professionalism and fair coverage may merit press releases, press conferences, or more conspicuous campaigns.

  • Ratings of different local media venues in regards to their fair reporting on Islam and Muslims.
  • Profiles and analysis of anti-Muslim Bigots in the media (local & national).
  • Facts, Stats, and Reports related to coverage of Muslims in the media.