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As a New York Times subscriber, I received the following email:
"Your edition of The New York Times is about to get local. Every Friday & Sunday.
"Starting Nov. 20, we’re adding special coverage of Chicago, produced for The Times by the distinguished journalists of the Chicago News Cooperative, every Friday & Sunday. So, you’ll not only start every weekend with the most insightful journalism in the world. You’ll also get special coverage of Chicago.
"Arts & culture, style & sports, politics & public affairs, Millennium Park & Magnificent Mile — our Chicago report covers them every week."
This is the Chicago News Cooperative's first foray into producing journalism, but its plans go far beyond the Times, as I explained in this blog a month ago when the CNC was first announced. It's the inspiration of Jim O'Shea, former managing editor of the Tribune who's known around the Reader as a member of the editorial board that's now overseeing the Reader and the five other weeklies in the old Creative Loafing chain. A regular column will be contributed by Jim Warren, a former Tribune managing editor who's known around the Reader as our new publisher.
So we're all curious here to see what kind of journalism they do when they don't do it for us.
I'm sure they're even more curious — and a whole lot edgier — at the Tribune, which must regard the CNC-enhanced Times as direct competition. O'Shea and Warren aren't the only ones at CNC who came out of Tribune ranks. There's also Dave Greising, who resigned as a Tribune financial columnist to join O'Shea, Dan Mihalopoulos, who covered City Hall for the Tribune before quitting to do the same, and photographer Jose More, who left the Tribune last year. Also lending a O'Shea a hand part-time is former Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath. McGrath recently gave the Tribune two weeks' notice, and two days before what would have been his last day anyway he was fired over a freelance story he'd done for SI.com that hadn't been cleared first with his Tribune bosses. Touchy.