Sun-Times owner says it's imitating BuzzFeed, Deadspin with national network of news sites
Are you ready for dc.suntimes.com? tampa.suntimes.com? newyork.suntimes.com? The Chicago paper's owner, Wrapports LLC, announced a "mobile-first app network" Tuesday with local editions rolling out in 70 U.S. cities and, eventually, international editions.
[caption id="attachment_277493" align="alignright" width="169"] How dc.suntimes.com looks on my phone.[/caption]The sites will offer aggregated content from local news sources as well as from some Sun-Times writers (the Chicago edition includes links to content from the rival Chicago Tribune). It's part of an effort to "offer content in a manner similar to websites such as Deadspin and Buzzfeed," Wrapports' release says.
The sites are in beta and will officially launch on Friday. The Sun-Times Network takes the place of Aggrego, the local-content initiative Wrapports launched last year, Sun-Times spokesperson Dennis Culloton tells Poynter. Tim Landon, who cofounded Classified Ventures and led Aggrego, will run the Sun-Times Network.
Wrapports chair Michael Ferro will be board chair. The launch coincides with plans "for the company to sell all of its suburban publications — including six dailies and 32 Pioneer Press weeklies — to Tribune Publishing, parent company of the Chicago Tribune," Robert Feder writes. "That will leave the much smaller Wrapports with only the daily Sun-Times and the free weekly [Chicago] Reader."