Aug 25, 2022 - Business

ChicagoNow is now Chicago history

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The Tribune Tower. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

👋 Hi, it's Justin! Late last week, the Chicago Tribune-run blog network, ChicagoNow, quietly shut down.

  • The bloggers were not told beforehand, and the Trib decided not to save their archived material.

Former ChicagoNow manager Jimmy Greenfield wrote that the move "was done in a cowardly and horribly unprofessional way."

Flashback: When ChicagoNow launched in 2009, it was considered the future of digital journalism. Unpaid writers penned daily posts on everything from crime and fashion to local history.

Between the lines: ChicagoNow should be remembered for its role in a local digital news revolution that included other innovative ventures, including:

The bottom line: I'd argue if it weren't for enterprises like ChicagoNow or the Vocalo Blogs, there wouldn't be newsletters like the one you're reading.


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