Puneet Varma (Editor)

ChicagoNow

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Type of site  Blogging site
Owner  Tribune Publishing
Website  www.chicagonow.com
Available in  English
Slogan(s)  Where Chicago blogs.
Alexa rank  17,834 (as of May 2013)

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.

Contents

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

History

ChicagoNow was launched in August 2009. Its launch coincided with the Tribune company's bankruptcy. 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".

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

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

Reception

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

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." ChicagoNow removed the posts in question, stating that while they don't edit posts, they reserve the right to remove them.

References

ChicagoNow Wikipedia