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Chicago Tribune columnist mulls life after a buyout

The Chicago Tribune Barbara Brotman has a lot to show for her nearly 38 years at the Chicago Tribune. Awards. Hundreds of letters from readers. Friendships that last a lifetime. And, as of this writing, a buyout package. That's according to the Tribune columnist's latest piece, in which Brotman pays tribute to a newsroom that once "clattered … Read More

Chicago Tribune used an illustrated narrative to revisit a 100-year-old disaster

Rick Tuma's sketchbook. (Submitted photo) On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune published "Eastland Disaster," a nonfiction illustrated narrative reconstructing a July 24, 1915 disaster that killed hundreds in Chicago. The project comes from graphics producers Rick Tuma and Ryan Marx. Via email, Tuma answered some questions about the project, the medium and what he discovered from 100-year-old newspapers. Read More

The newsroom pizza chain continues, this time from Baltimore to Charleston

We can call this a tradition now, right? On Wednesday, the newsroom of The (Charleston, South Carolina) Post and Courier was treated to a pizza lunch from the newsroom of The Baltimore Sun. The Post and Courier's executive editor tweeted his thanks. Big thank you to @baltimoresun and @trifalatzas for the gesture today. Every … Read More

Report: Chicago Tribune to cut 10 newsroom jobs

The Chicago Tribune The Chicago Tribune is doing away with 10 newsroom positions as part of a cost-saving measure, Robert Channick writes for the paper. The report, which cites anonymous sources, says that roughly 24 employees at the paper will lose their jobs as a result of the reduction. The Tribune's story does not indicate which positions will … Read More

Lesson of Simmons-ESPN divorce: Nothing new for famous journalists and why it will happen again

Bill Simmons (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)The divorce of sports journalist Bill Simmons and ESPN may have been inevitable. It personifies an inherent friction between a high-profile star employee and employer -- and one that will get more frequent as self-branding by journalists is more frequent and even encouraged by their bosses. Indeed, the whole subject of self-promotion … Read More

At cable convention, news is not a focus

The NBCUniversal booth at the Internet & Television Expo. (Photo by James Warren) A Tribune Publishing official was explaining Tuesday why quality journalism will win out and make money online, especially when one has “authority” and a close relationship to your community. When finished, Joyce Winnecke, who oversees Tribune Content Agency, the company’s syndication arm, asked the panel moderator, … Read More

Reporting on rumors and the personal lives of athletes

Normally, it would have been a routine post-practice session on Sunday, March 1 for the Chicago Blackhawks. It wasn’t. In the locker room, Patrick Sharp, one of the team’s top players, strongly denied salacious allegations that he had an affair with a teammate's wife and other women. Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)“When people delve into … Read More

Tribune Publishing makes senior leadership changes

Chicago Tribune | Capital New York | Tribune Publishing Tribune Publishing announced several high-level job moves Wednesday, shaking up the leadership ranks of The Chicago Tribune and Tribune Content Agency. Joycelyn Winnecke, who was previously associate editor of The Tribune, will become president of Tribune Content Agency, the content syndication business that absorbed McClatchy-Tribune Information Services … Read More

Crime coverage in Chicago may be too good

Chicago is widely known as “Chiraq” or the “murder capital” even though its murder rate is much lower than in past years and in many other cities. Ironically this may be a function of local media’s attempts to do a better job reporting on homicides and crime There was a time when reporters just didn’t cover many crime – … Read More