You can’t run a 21st-century blog network at the speed of a 19th-century newspaper. I wish someone would tell the Chicago Tribune. Here’s how institutional lethargy, inadequate tools, inscrutable navigation, and newsroom pushback make it hard to be a successful ChicagoNow blogger. (This post has now officially become the top-rated Windy Citizen story of all time.)
My Chicagosphere online-media blog has ended production–but as of today, you can find all my former Chicagosphere entries migrated right here to Chicago Carless.
As major Chicago media increasingly search for inroads into community news on the Internet, some existing sites are doing a good job of covering neighborhood-level news all on their own, especially on the South Side. One of them is the University of Chicago-based Chicago Weekly, an alternative weekly taking on the responsibility of keeping the Presidential first-neighborhood informed.
The State of Illinois is crowing about a broadband technology grant that will help few people in northern Illinois who really need affordable choices when it comes to Internet service. Who benefits? That depends on whether you can see Cabrini–or cornfields–out your kitchen window.
Leery of job-coaching sites that over-promise but under-deliver, Chicago job-seeker Brendan Tripp (@btripp) writes ChicagoNow’s The Job Stalker, a candid look what it takes to find a job in what we all hope is the tail end of the New Depression.
Know this first: this is the most emotionally compelling blog I’ve ever read, and perhaps the best. A Chicago writer and pet lover loses his job, gets fed up with the economy, and decides to bike to the Pacific Ocean to promote pet adoption, with his favorite Basset Hound, Antigone, blogging the trip from her doggie trailer. But it’s the candid bravery of the human author that shines best as Antigone Goes West.
Richard Giraldi’s Loud Loop Press aims to ‘amplify Chicago’s music scene’ over the Internet. By the look of things, Giraldi’s doing a pretty good job of it, too.
Last week’s allegedly heavy snowfall got me thinking about a couple of things. First, that Chicago meteorologists are way too melodramatic–it’s Chicago, it’s winter, it snows, we live here, we know that. Second, that maybe there’s an even snowier major city that deals better with the white stuff than we do. There is, and a Chicagoan in Montreal tells all about it.
How about video screens in your favorite local shops and cafes telling you at a glance how long you can linger before heading out to the bus stop? Wicker Park/Bucktown now has a network of them.
Here is a list of resources I’ve found that Chicagoans and anyone else can use to figure out the best way for them to offer indirect and, in some cases, direct aid to people affected by the disaster.