Meanwhile, in other news in Chicago...
The online news ecosystem continues to grow while traditional media outlets retool and embrace the web. Use of video is growing, experiments with hyper-local news sites continue and the line between bloggers and niche news continues to blur. But despite the apparently large number of consumers of online information, it doesn’t appear there has been any explosion in the number of people actually earning a living producing this information.
I'm quoting from the intro to The NEW News 2010, The Second Annual Survey of the Chicago Area's Online News Ecosystem, just completed and posted by the Community Media Workshop.
Thom Clark's intro goes on to say that "even while traditional legacy media outlets continue to see print circulation and ad revenue declines, Chicago’s dailies are experiencing 20 to 40 percent gains in online traffic, dwarfing their own paid print circulation." In May there were more than 8 million unique visitors to local news and blog sites, says Clark, and 6 million of them were found at the Tribune site and its sister RedEye and Chicago Now sites, andr at the Sun-Times site.