Anna Tarkov

Anna Tarkov is an independent journalist based in the Chicago area where she lives with her husband and baby boy. Getting her start in media by writing a popular blog about former Mayor Richard M. Daley, she went on to eventually work with the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago and others. Learn more at


How hyperlocal sites handle ‘micro-news’ in their communities

We’ve become familiar with the way Journatic — and the news organizations that outsource to it — are gathering and publishing local “micro-news” like school lunch menus, death notices, high school sports scores and real estate transactions. But we wondered: … Read more


Journatic CEO to staff: ‘Bumps are going to be part of the ride’

Journatic CEO Brian Timpone wants his staff to know that "This American Life" and other reporting on the outsourcing company is "noise" that follows "the change we're forcing" in journalism. In an email (subject line: "from the front"), Timpone also says Journatic is finalizing a deal with one of Canada's largest publishers. Could it be Postmedia, which is about to reduce print and lay off staff? Here's the note Timpone sent to staff on Tuesday, July 3 at 10:54 PM CDT.
Team-- Some good news. I just returned from Canada, where we're working out particulars with one of the largest publishers here-- to be our first non-U.S. client ever. That's a milestone-- and it means we likely need to build out proficiency now... in French. (more...)

GateHouse to end outsourcing relationship with Journatic

The Tribune Company has gotten most of the media’s attention lately for working with Journatic. They’ve even launched an internal investigation into the content provider. But as Brian Timpone told us, Journatic works with many more news companies. According … Read more


Journatic worker takes ‘This American Life’ inside outsourced journalism

Not long after he started working for Journatic, Ryan Smith felt there was something not quite right about what the company was doing. The Chicago freelance journalist started working for Journatic, which provides outsourced journalism work for newspapers, in January … Read more