The Future of Chicago Journalism

February 23rd, 2009

WNUA Broadcast Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009
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Will there be a Chicago Tribune in five years?  Will there be a Sun-Times in five months?In addition to city-wide layoffs and a worsening economy, experts say Chicago could lose both of its news dailies.The idea of no local daily newspaper leaves many journalists fearful of loosing their jobs.  But it also worries some citizens about the future of our democracy, and the health of our communities.But as print journalism continues to shrink, online news is growing. Instead of buying newspapers, more and more readers turn to the Internet to get their news for free.And Chicago is no exception.  While readers are logging onto the Tribune and Sun-Times
websites, they are also visiting local, community driven news sites.

So what does the future of Chicago journalism look like? In a city and state now internationally renowned for political corruption, who will be our watchdogs? And for those in the field, does online journalism pay?

On this broadcast of “City Voices” we’ll talk about the future of Chicago journalism with Ken Davis, formerly of Chicago Public Radio, Geoff Dougherty editor & publisher of Chi-Town Daily News dot com, and Barbara Iverson, of Columbia College and co-founder of the citizen journalism site, Chicago Talks.

2 Responses to “The Future of Chicago Journalism”

  1. James Muhammad Says:

    Great discussion. An item of extreme importance. Anxious to see where it all will end up. Newspapers are important, but they’re just mediums to deliver news content. The important thing is to have a solution where the watchdogs (journalists) don’t all end up working for a PR firm.

  2. Links about Chicago Journalism Townhall collected after the event : Currentbuzz Says:

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