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Chicago Tribune for iPhone, Android

While giving our readers what they expect with access to the best reporting on local breaking news, business, sports and weather, the Chicago Tribune app for iPhone and Android features a much deeper dive into the content than many of its brethren in the news app space. Up to 20 different beats and blogs feed into each section, providing access to hundred of articles at a time but all within a single tab of a button. Easy to navigate and always available—even without an internet connection. A custom built photo gallery viewer allows readers to peek into the coverage by giving an enhanced level of clarity of what is available in each section of photos. Finally, when readers find something they want to keep—its theirs, forever. Photos, blog posts, stories, etc.

In short, we feel like the Chicago Tribune for iPhone app offers a best-in-class experience to the end user by giving them features that matter and a deeper level of content than they are expecting out of a mobile app.

This post was submitted by Chris Courtney.

TribLocal 2.0 – Hyperlocal news in suburban Chicago

Rolled out in summmer 2010, TribLocal 2.0 is the latest iteration of hyperlocal community news sites covering 89 different towns around surburban Chicago. The original site launched in 2007 as an experiment in digital news gathering and reporting. Despite its association with the Chicago Tribune media organization, TribLocal operated for years as a startup, sending backpack journalists out into the suburbs to cover news, take photos and recruit citizen contributors. We built relationships block-by-block, even as national trends cast gloom and doom on the newspaper industry.

With its 2010 relaunch, TribLocal received an extensive redesign and reorganization, orienting itself toward the sort of hour-by-hour Web journalism that our hyperlocal readers told us they wanted to find. TribLocal journalists partnered with the Chicago Tribune’s newsroom staffers to produce dozens of daily stories on the goings-on in the suburbs. Our citizen contributors — some of whom had been writing for TribLocal for more than two years — enjoyed greater Web exposure and readership.

The result is TribLocal 2.0, a 21st century Web site for on-the-go families and wired news junkies alike. Readers responded voraciously, causing TribLocal’s web traffic to surge 257 percent in the waning months of 2010. TribLocal aims to be a daily part of the suburban conversation in 2011.

This post was submitted by Patrick Rollens.

TribLocal 2.0 – Hyperlocal news in suburban Chicago

Relaunched in 2010, TribLocal.com is a network of community news sites covering 89 different towns around surburban Chicago. It is a hybrid news site that publishes staff-written stories by Chicago Tribune journalists alongside digital submissions from hundreds of individual citizen contributors around the suburbs. The first iteration of the site launched in 2007 as an experiment in digital news gathering and reporting. Despite its association with the Chicago Tribune media organization, TribLocal operated for years as a startup, sending backpack journalists out into the suburbs to cover news, take photos and recruit citizen contributors. We built relationships block-by-block, even as national trends cast gloom and doom on the newspaper industry.

In 2010, TribLocal received an extensive redesign and reorganization, orienting itself toward the sort of hour-by-hour Web journalism that our hyperlocal readers told us they wanted to find. TribLocal journalists partnered with the Chicago Tribune’s newsroom staffers to produce dozens of daily stories on the goings-on in the suburbs, with the goal of having each of the 89 different sites updated several times daily. Our citizen contributors — some of whom had been writing for TribLocal for more than two years — enjoyed greater Web exposure and readership.

The result is TribLocal 2.0, a 21st century Web site for on-the-go families and wired news junkies alike. Readers responded voraciously, causing TribLocal’s web traffic to surge 257 percent in the waning months of 2010. TribLocal aims to be a daily part of the suburban conversation in 2011.

This post was submitted by Patrick Rollens.