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Sun-Times runs front-page ad announcing it's for sale

The long-proud Chicago Sun-Times takes the newspaper industry's stunning decline to a frustrating low this morning: It runs an ad for its own sale. Wrapped around the front page is a letter to readers from publisher-editor Jim Kirk that it's looking for new ownership to keep "the Sun-Times publishing as an independent news source for Chicago." The reality is that … Read More
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Tronc makes expected move to buy Chicago Sun-Times as Department of Justice launches antitrust probe

Seeking to make virtue out of totally predictable and painful necessity, the parent of The Chicago Tribune is seeking to buy its longtime tabloid rival, The Chicago Sun-Times. The two papers already have a joint printing and distribution agreement and will now enter into a merger discussion that would theoretically maintain them as separate entities. Any such deal would need … Read More
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Facebook’s algorithm isn’t surfacing one-third of our posts. And it’s getting worse

Editor's note: This article was previously published on Medium.com. It is being republished here with the author's permission. Starting in January of this year, we at the Chicago Tribune started to anecdotally see a fairly significant change in our post reach. We weren’t seeing a huge difference in post consumption or daily average reach, but we were just seeing … Read More
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Gannett and Tronc shares tank on speculation deal is off

Shares of both Tronc and Gannett fell precipitously today on speculation that negotiations for a Gannett takeover may have collapsed. Bloomberg News reported mid-afternoon that bankers who would have financed the deal have gotten cold feet — figuring both companies are overvalued. Trading of Tronc shares was briefly suspended after that, then resumed. For the day, Tronc closed down … Read More
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Report: Gannett is likely to buy Tronc very soon

After a months-long courtship, Gannett is likely to close a deal to purchase Tronc soon, Politico reported Sunday night. The deal is expected to value Tronc, the newspaper publisher formerly known as Tribune Publishing, at somewhere between $18.50 and $19 per share, according to Politico: Such a price would have represented a 140 percent premium over the then-trading price … Read More
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Chicago Tribune endorses Gary Johnson for president

The Chicago Tribune is clearly unconcerned that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson didn't know what Aleppo is, couldn't identify a single foreign leader for Chris Matthews and was clueless about the identity of Harriet Tubman. It's endorsed him for president. It's either journalism courage and candor or, perhaps, its own Aleppo moment. A day after USA Today "disendorsed" Donald … Read More
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3 ex-newspaper columnists team up to launch college football site

Chris Dufresne hopes this comparison to Starbucks carries over to his new college football website. “You see people standing in line in Starbucks every day ready to pay $5 for whatever coffee they want,” Dufresne said. “Why do they do it? The only reason is because they are addicted to caffeine. Well, in a weird sort of way, I … Read More
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A timeline of the messy newspaper war between Gannett and Tronc

If you blinked this evening, you might've missed the latest development in the weeks-long trench warfare between the newspaper companies Gannett and Tronc. If the headline looks familiar, that's because both companies have been circling each other since late April, when Gannett unveiled its $815 million bid to take over the Chicago-based Tribune Publishing (now called Tronc). Talks … Read More
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The potential impact of a mega-Gannett-Tribune deal

Good morning. What's up for newsrooms, readers? A hostile $815 million bid for Tribune Publishing by Gannett, owner of USA TODAY and 100 other properties, inspired anxiety in Tribune newsrooms for reasons that Gannett shouldn't deny. Staffers I spoke with at the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun — three of Tribune's best-known dailies — are nervous, … Read More
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CBS News journalist arrested in Chicago amid escalating tensions at Trump rallies

Police arrested five people, including a CBS News reporter, Friday night after protesters disrupted a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Sopan Deb, who's covered Trump events across America, kept his camera rolling and identified himself as a credentialed journalist to the officer who handcuffed him. As skirmishes broke out between Trump protesters and supporters, Deb captured video … Read More
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With CEO Jack Griffin gone, the stage is set to break up Tribune Publishing

With CEO Jack Griffin's unexpected ouster today, all bets are off on where the company is headed strategically. Specifically, I think the stage is set for Tribune to entertain offers for its various newspaper properties, pull back to focus on the Chicago Tribune and invest the proceeds in new media tech ventures. As I wrote last fall, it … Read More
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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
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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
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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
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