Thursday, December 1

24-hour cycle comes to newspapers

The Chicago Tribune is cutting 28 editorial positions, but they're switching to a 24-hour news desk that will publish to their website around the clock.

To my knowledge, the Tribune must be among the first wave of papers to go to such a format. I know there are papers that run continuously updated AP strings (I suspected it's an automated function of the site in many cases), but I've not yet heard of a 24-hour desk with reporters, editors, and copy editors to constantly be feeding local news to the website. (Please let me know if you know of any other instances.)

It's a smart move for the Trib, I think, though it will be tough to do with a smaller staff.

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