The Chicago Sun-Times will be releasing a new mobile app in the next month, according to Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk. In an interview at the Publicity Club of Chicago’s monthly luncheon at Maggiano’s Restaurant, moderated by Thom Clark of the Community Media Workshop, Kirk noted the future of news delivery will be on mobile phone and pad platforms “because they’re personal.”
He discussed a wide range of topics on the present and future of the Sun-Times: the integration of The Reader’s art and culture content, new Sunday magazine sections, new reporters on the education beat, and expanded business and sports coverage. Hyperlocal news will continue to grow in importance and he believes the Sun-Times suburban titles will help grow local readers.
Kirk would like to see the return of political endorsements (but isn’t sure the new owners are there yet). He offered pithy comments on the mayor, the governor and legislative leaders and suggested bluntly that local media did miss parts of the NATO Summit story by concentrating on protestors over diplomats.
Listen to the entire interview below: