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Old Enough to Know Better, Young Enough to Pretend: Can the Chicago News Cooperative Succeed?

by:QY Precision      2019-09-21
If there is a better day to announce the establishment of the Chicago Press Union, I can\'t remember.
One day after Mayor Daley\'s budget report was released on Thursday-
His solution to the $0. 5 billion deficit is to raid every kitten.
Daily funds and savings accounts available in the city--
The two big newspapers in town chose the exact same cover: Yes, this is specifically for 24-year-old kidnapping.
Minimum number of extra home space?
To a minor.
The team of the League of H1N1 vaccines (
\"Too little too late for Chicago? \" --classy! )
, Advertising for \"home building and renovation of luxury boutiques (
Who wasted advertising in October? )
There is also an advertisement for a new Victoria Secret store.
Mayor Daley\'s budget address does not appear on any cover (
To be fair, it does appear on the cover of subscribers to the Tribune --
Only version but still).
In fact, the budget address did not appear until page 8 of Trib and page 14 of Sun --
The Times and the two papers may have re-delivered the mayor\'s full speech just for all the actual news coverage they provided.
The mayor is not a rocket science person. record what he said and investigate it.
You scratch for a second or two and it starts to bleed.
It is commendable that Trib does ask some tricky questions ---
In an editorial, the editorial runs 32 pages after the story itself (
Although I will also point out that they put more space into how to dress up as zombies, rather than putting more space into the whole coverage of Daley, both good and terrible.
Like everything in the city, Chicago Reader\'s Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke did incredible work in parsing the address and within hours of the mayor closing the trap
Given that they work on a much smaller piece of paper with much less resources, there is really no excuse.
This brings us back to the Chicago press co-op, which announced on Thursday that it was funded by the MacArthur Foundation and worked with WTTW (huh? )
May be WBEZ (let\'s hope)
The New York Times, a paying customer in Chicago, New York
The focus will be launched by the end of November.
As I said before, if there is time, it is now.
Blood in the water--the Sun-
The times are supported by life. The Tribune seems to be unable to do anything but to further fall into mediocrity ---
Therefore, it does not take too much time to see the existence of opportunities.
The New York Times will dance with many news
Cities of hunger in the future; Chicago is (once again)
The Second City: they started in San Francisco.
So is CNC ready to take advantage of this opportunity to bring the real journalism back to Chicago?
Of course, the evidence will be in the pudding.
The editor\'s negligence comes from many old Tribune reporters.
Not sitting well (
Meet the new boss. . . )
But I am willing to give them the benefit of doubt now.
The problem of the Forum is far beyond the editing conference room, and the organization of the size of the Forum is slow to adapt to anything (
I haven\'t met anyone who can explain to me how the 350 people newsroom actually works).
The organization proposed by CNC is very different from the bloated Forum ---
A small editor aged 9 to 12, working with content partners in the city\'s quality News Store-
Sounds good, as long as they don\'t chase paid wall Dragons, a website that cleverly covers Chicago politics will be a welcome addition to the field.
The partnership they propose, especially with WBEZ, may bring some delicious fruit (
Throw the reader in that mixture too, you really have something).
But at the end of the day, I wonder if that\'s all.
The character lineup behind this is very familiar and almost everyone is in the hands of the forum, although it\'s nice to see the big dogs go out for a run and people have to wonder if they actually learned some new tricks.
Because it\'s not just bringing the real news back to a city that needs it so badly (
Someone would like to know if, in addition to the lonely duo of Joravsky and Dumke, there are people digging into it, will the planning of the Olympic Games continue to move forward)
Also, rethink how we make, distribute and interact with news when you start from scratch in 2009.
Because of the success of their efforts-
In all these experiments on non-profit news-
The real point is to rebuild for today, not for yesterday.
If not, CNC needs to start talking to smart programmers, data reporters and social media kids in town.
Because it\'s great to know that they\'re thinking about a site, but that\'s at the very least now ---
The \"you must be so high to ride\" sign of modern news.
Where is the phone?
What is their social media strategy?
How they use users
Generate content?
How do they work with the bigger web ecosystem in Chicago and beyond?
What content can be obtained through the API, how to combine it?
What is their position on the Creative Commons license?
Questions are asked over and over again.
Of course, they\'re a painful ass answer--
It\'s much easier to rebuild the newsroom you \'ve been working for 40 years ---
But they are questions. they better answer every question. -
Because they won if they could. And so do we.
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