Methodology Notes: How we built and ranked our list of online news publications.

Visit “Six criteria for new news” to view data rankings

Our survey seeks to highlight some of the emerging local online news publications. That means that we have avoided most established metropolitan news organizations’ online publications. In no way does this mean that they are not of major importance to local news coverage (or that they are not leaders in innovation in their own right).

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Six criteria for new news

Source 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5 Point
Self reported

subscribers via

RSS (and e-mail)

0

(no email subscribers)

1 –30

(1,000 emails)

31–75

(2,000 emails)

76–250

(3,000 emails)

251+

(larger email lists)

Self-reported visitors monthly Less than 1,000 1001–5000 5001–20,000 20,001–50,000 50,000+
Self-reported time on site Less than 2 minutes 2–5

minutes

5–10 minutes 10–20 minutes 20+ minutes
Google page rank 1 2 3 4-5 6+
Alexa traffic rank (Not used) None Millions Hundreds of thousands Tens of thousands or less

Community Media Workshop score: Subjective score based on factors such as local news coverage, community-oriented, original or unique; frequent updates; transparency; strong design; use of social media tools.

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What about the 
mainstream media?

Our purpose was not to examine the largest online news publications in the Chicago area. In fact, we biased our investigation toward small and innovative online news sites. Had we included local print and broadcast home pages, these would likely have occupied many of the top 25 to top 30 slots in our rankings. For reference, here are 15 of those sites with their Alexa traffic rank, where available:

URL

Alexa rank

Chicago Tribune

www.chicagotribune.com

1,087

Chicago Sun-Times

www.suntimes.com

2,410

Chicago Breaking News Center

www.chicagobreakingnews.com/blog/

13,835

Daily Herald

www.dailyherald.com

17,722

WBBM-TV

www.cbs2chicago.com

26,956

WMAQ-TV

www.nbcchicago.com/news

29,191

SouthtownStar

www.southtownstar.com

54,457

WBBM-AM

www.wbbm780.com

65,014

WFLD-TV

www.myfoxchicago.com

78,777

WGN-AM

www.wgnradio.com

138,279

WLS-AM

www.wlsam.com

142,905

WTTW-TV/
Chicago Tonight

www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=1,4

233,630

WLS-TV

abclocal.go.com/wls/index

NA (subdomain of go.com)

WGN-TV

www.wgntv.com

NA (subdomain of tribune.com)

CLTV

www.cltv.com

NA (subdomain of tribune.com)


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