|Industry||Digital media, journalism|
|Headquarters||435 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2017,
Chicago, Illinois 60611, United States
|Services||Hyperlocal content service|
|Parent||Partially owned by Tribune Co.|
|Divisions||Blockshopper; Community Data and News Services; LocalLabs|
Journatic LLC is an American commercial provider of content to media companies and marketers. It states that it delivers "original community news" to large media companies in the U.S. It was founded in 2006 as Blockshopper LLC, a company that publishes real estate transaction data online and in print.
"Original community news", also referred to as "hyper-local content", includes news items regarding local sporting events, awards, and council meetings. This content is then included in weekly community newspapers, and the "local" section of larger newspapers. Journatic uses contractors living inside and outside the United States to write content. It was found in 2012 to use fake bylines for content. Following that public revelation, Journatic CEO Brian Timpone said in an email to staffers that the use of fake bylines was an oversight that occurred after its clients published content from Blockshopper.com, a real estate information website owned by Journatic that systematically used fake names for it writers. The use of fake bylines would cause higher search engine ranking. Timpone denied that fake bylines were ever intentionally used for content provided to its clients. He apologized for the mistake.
In May 2012, Journatic began providing content to TribLocal, the Chicago Tribune's hyperlocal news service covering communities across the Chicago suburbs in print and online. In July 2012, Tribune suspended indefinitely its use of Journatic as a content partner for TribLocal’s online and print editions. Journatic content has not been featured in the print editions since this suspension. From April to August, 2013, Journatic produced short items for online-only use at TribLocal.com. As of October, 2013, Journatic does not provide content for TribLocal’s online or print editions.
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