As initially reported on Gapers Block, the Windy City’s leading independent local news website, Chitown Daily News, has laid off its reporting staff and is shutting down, to re-tool as a for-profit venture. The surprise news comes in the wake of the C-BOM bloggers meetup called last month to discuss ways to make financial ends meet on the local blogosphere.
Today, WLUW 88.7-FM’s indie audio magazine, Outside the Loop RADIO, interviews Yours Truly sending out a call to action to local bloggers. Last week, I participated in a major local media conference and attended another. Both were aimed at finding ways to make online news sustainable in the Windy City.