Lou Carlozo was covering the recession for the Chicago Tribune. Then he got laid off.
Writing for True/Slant, Carlozo expresses his discontent at being forced by Trib management to write for a blog — “The Recession Diaries” — that, in his words, “involved me telling very tough stories about my own family finances–stories that led me and my wife to squabble many times over which details to withhold, which to print, and which ones looked inappropriate in print after the fact.”
Then, to add insult to the injury of being laid off, the Trib censored Carlozo’s attempt to let his readers know he was joining the ranks of the unemployed:
I wanted to post a final blog Wednesday to readers explaining that I had lost my job, a victim of the very recession I covered. I posted this without management’s approval. I then informed management. Management took it down.
Oh, by the way: On the same day that Carlozo and over 50 newsroom staffers who were laid off by the Tribune, the company petitioned bankruptcy court to dole out $13.3 million in bonuses to over 700 workers.
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Chicago Tribune.com reports on ESPN’s plan to launch ESPNChicago.com, which could be the first of many city-specific sports sites with 24/7 coverage:
Like the cable channel, ESPN Chicago will feature its own “SportsCenter”-style newscast with a three- to five-minute highlight reel of the day’s top stories. It will have original content and include breaking news.
If the venture is successful, can Tampa Bay, with the Bucs, Rays, Lightning and Bulls, be far behind?
Want to know what the top 15 newspaper websites were of 2008 in terms of traffic? Of course you do, and the fine folks at Nieman Journalism Lab are all over it, compiling the data.
They have the overall rankings, a closer analysis of the top five national newspapers, as well as a look at six regional newspapers that enjoyed substantial audience growth over the past year.
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At Recovering Journalist, Mark Potts lists his picks for the best examples of online media from traditional news organizations and small startups. Among his choices, these are the sites that I found particularly well done, appealing for their clean design, quality content and clarity of purpose.
LocalExplorer (Washington Post)
TimeSpace: World (Washington Post)
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