New site is part of growing Real Times Media Digital Network and a result of a partnership between Michigan Chronicle parent company and Radio One-owned, Interactive One

CHICAGO – December 12, 2013 – The Chicago Defender is pleased to announce the launch of its new website The new site is a part of the official launch of the RTM Digital Network, the growing conglomerate of African American news and information websites established by the newspaper’s parent company, Real Times Media (RTM)—a multimedia company focused on urban marketing, media and entertainment.

The launch of the Network is one of the first milestones resulting from a partnership RTM developed with Interactive One Studios (iOne Studios), a division of Radio One, which assists external brands with developing highly profitable digital businesses through world-class sales, platform, content and distribution services.

“Partnering with Interactive One Studios presents a tremendous opportunity for the Real Times Media digital platform,” said Hiram E. Jackson, CEO, Real Times Media. “For the past few years our company has had a laser focus on re-positioning our brands into multi-media platforms with an emphasis on digital content, special events and marketing services. We’ve been able to make significant headway on our own; however, this partnership with Interactive One will certainly help us to reach new levels of success.”

In addition to, the RTM Digital Network includes the websites of the Atlanta Daily World (, the Michigan Chronicle (, the New Pittsburgh Courier ( and the independently-owned African American outlet Memphis Tri-State Defender ( The Network benefits the participating brands through increased audience reach and world-class advertising.


Real Times Media is a multi-media company focused on urban Marketing, Media and  Entertainment. Built on iconic brands whose legacies extend back more than 100 years, its family of companies include Who’s Who Publishing Company, the premiere platform for celebrating African American achievement,  the nation’s largest African-American owned and operated news organization including  the Atlanta Daily World (, Chicago Defender (, Michigan Chronicle (, and New Pittsburgh Courier ( and RTM Digital Studios, archival image licensing and merchandising arm.


Interactive One is one of the fastest growing digital companies reaching millions of Black and Latino Americans each month. With approximately 3 billion annual page views on its suite of sites, the company has become the definitive online resource for the urban community through its suite of social, local radio and content offerings such as HelloBeautiful (, the fastest growing lifestyle resource for today’s Black woman; NewsOne (, which provides up to the minute, comprehensive coverage of newsworthy events relevant to Black Americans across the country and the world; TheUrbanDaily (, the eyes and ears for the urban community looking for what’s hot online, on the airwaves, in theaters, and on the street; GIANTlife (, the definitive urban lifestyle brand for Next Generation tastemakers and icons  Elev8 ( a site devoted to elevating the mind, body and spirit, ZONA

de Sabor (, the new online destination for today’s urban Latino who wants to stay current on entertainment and celebrity news in the Latino community  and our social platform anchored by the iconic BlackPlanet (, the newly launched BlackPlanetNEXT (, and the new BlackPlanet RADIO (, the digital industry’s first social radio website created for the African American community.

Interactive One was launched by Radio One, Inc. in 2008 to complement Radio One’s existing portfolio of media companies targeting Black Americans. Since its launch, Interactive One has quickly become the #1 online platform for the African American and urban community.

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