ChicagoNow

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ChicagoNow
ChicagoNow logo
Type of site Blogging site
Available in English
Owner Tribune Publishing
Slogan(s) Where Chicago blogs.
Website www.chicagonow.com
Alexa rank 17,834 (as of May 2013)[1]
Registration optional
Launched August 2009; 7 years ago (2009-08)

ChicagoNow is a blogging site managed by tronc, Inc., owner of the print Chicago Tribune newspaper. It features a network of blogs of mainly local interest on a variety of topics ranging from crime to public schools to local politics.[2]

Notable ChicagoNow contributors include the staff of the Chicago Reporter,[3] and Shimer College president Susan Henking.[4]

History[edit]

ChicagoNow was launched in August 2009.[5][6] Its launch coincided with the Tribune company's bankruptcy.[7] As a newspaper-run blogging community, with the initial tagline "a blog by and for locals", it represented what one observer called "a new value proposition for newspapers".[7]

ChicagoNow utilized Movable Type as its blogging platform when it first launched but switched to WordPress in 2011.[8]

The website of the Tribune daily RedEye, which later moved to its own domain, was initially hosted on ChicagoNow.[9]

Reception[edit]

In April 2010, the World Editors Forum described ChicagoNow as a "hyperlocal blog network" that has "a personal quality that many larger newspapers lack."[10]

In September 2010, Time Out Chicago criticized ChicagoNow for hosting an unidentified police officer in what they called "a hate-filled, racist rant by blogger Joe the Cop, entitled The ghetto shooting template, for three days and counting now."[11] ChicagoNow removed the posts in question, stating that while they don't edit posts, they reserve the right to remove them.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicagonow.com ranking". Alexa. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  2. ^ Rao, Leena (April 24, 2010). "The Tribune Company Finds An Audience For Homegrown Hyperlocal News Site ChicagoNow". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "About | Chicago Muckrakers". ChicagoNow. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ "About Shimer Prez". ChicagoNow. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ "About ChicagoNow". ChicagoNow. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Tribune Media Group, "Reach and Engage Chicago's Blogging Community"
  7. ^ a b Rachel Davis Mersey (2010). Can Journalism be Saved?: Rediscovering America's Appetite for News. pp. 73–74. ISBN 0313392080. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to ChicagoNow 2.0". ChicagoNow. June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ "RedEye | ChicagoNow". Archived from the original on 2009-12-18. 
  10. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (April 26, 2010). "ChicagoNow offers hope for hyperlocal news sites". World Editors Forum. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Sennett, Frank (September 23, 2010). "Trib's ChicagoNow hosts cop's racist rant three days and counting". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Why we removed 2 Arresting Tales posts". ChicagoNow Staff Blog. September 23, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 

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