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The Chicago News Cooperative
Newspaper-style journalism for the Chicagoland area
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago News Cooperative was famously the first outside news organization to produce entire pages for The New York Times—but the deal was in the works before the CNC was even a fully formed idea. During the summer of 2009, CNC co-founder and editor James O’Shea, a former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune (and, from 2006 to 2008, one of the revolving cast of editors at the Los Angeles Times), was assembling a business plan for a member supported (i.e. cooperative) news nonprofit that would cover the city of Chicago when he got a call from Monica Davey, a former employee of his at the Tribune, who had since become the Chicago bureau chief for the Times. O’Shea flew to New York soon after to discuss the arrangement, the Times agreed to provide an initial contribution to help get the CNC underway, and, roughly four months after the initial call from Davey, the infant CNC was producing copy for the Gray Lady’s Chicago edition. (Disclosure: Peter Osnos, CJR’s vice-chairman, is a co-founder of CNC and a current member of its advisory board.)
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Principal Staff: John O’Shea, co-founder and editor; Jim Kirk, managing editor; David Greising, general manager and deputy editor.
Affiliations: The New York Times, WTTW-Channel 11, the Chicago Community Trust.
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CJR on the Chicago News Cooperative:
05/01/10: Bite the Hand that Feeds - The Chicago News Cooperative and the tricky nonprofit terrain - Jamie Kalven
10/22/09: Say Hello to…The Chicago News Cooperative - Megan Garber
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