A week after the Times introduced the Bay Area Report, they’re firming up plans for another local edition in Chicago.
The paper’s San Francisco local coverage is run largely by Times people, with talk of transferring control eventually to local groups, like a UC-Berkeley/KQED/Warren Hellman nonprofit. But it looks like the Chicago venture will be produced from the start working closely with a nonprofit group. According to the Chicago News Cooperative’s inaugural press release:
CNC journalists will provide two pages of CNC branded news and commentary to The New York Times twice a week in its Chicago editions on Friday and Sunday. The coverage is scheduled to start Nov. 20. . . . CNC will operate a stand-alone newsroom while developing arrangements to collaborate with other media in Chicago to share resources and, over time, jointly produce content.
The Times Media Decoder blog notes:
The cooperative puts Tribune alumni in competition with their former paper, at a time when the resources of The Tribune and its competitor, the Chicago Sun-Times, have greatly diminished. Both papers’ corporate parents have been in bankruptcy this year.
And local papers–in the Bay Area, at least–haven’t been taking kindly to Times incursions.