Circulation may be down at Chicago’s dailies, but web traffic is up at Chicago’s online news sites, as evidenced by the 20 million visits to Chicago-area online news sites in May. And what does this ever-changing media landscape mean for journalists? It means the definition of who’s a journalist now has changed, as Ray Hanania points out at Making Media Connections 2010 .
While the mainstream media still dominates online—in May, six of the eight million unique cumulative visitors reported by all media outlets participating in the survey were to Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and chicagonow  (Trib blog site)–the report looked a total of 146 online sites, big and small. Many of those sites were too small to show measurable visitor traffic by commercial tracking sources.