The future of alt-weeklies?: Chicago Reader switches to magazine format

Chicago Tribune

This week's Reader will be bound by staples and feature a glossy cover, reports Phil Rosenthal. "The goal is to make the Reader seem less disposable, more indispensable and more distinct in a crowded media marketplace that includes Time Out Chicago, Newcity and Chicago Tribune's RedEye," he writes. "It's hoped those who pick up the Reader to plan their weekend will feel greater compulsion to keep it on a coffee table into the next workweek." || Ron Reason looks at the Reader's new music section. || A feature from 1979: Chicago Reader -- a '70s success story.

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    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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