Rock Island-based The Real MainStream and Springfield-based Illinois Eagle have agreed start content sharing between the two online publications.
The Real MainStream is LGBTQ-identified, intersectional, progressive publication serving Illinois and Iowa, and covers news, culture and opinion throughout Iowa and Illinois, The Illinois Eagle covers the state’s LGBTQ and social justice communities outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. Since the publications have a similar focus and overlapping coverage areas, they have agreed to start sharing content.
Both publications have already start reprinting stories and briefs from each other. Any press releases sent to the Eagle are shared with The Real MainStream and vice versa. The arrangement also allows the publications to reach a bit further than they had on their own.
The publications hope to work with other publications in a similar situation: progressive, intersectional outlets that serve communities in traditionally conservative areas.