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Independent Local News Sites in Chicago Do Not Significantly Contribute to Source or Viewpoint Diversity

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Publication Date: June 2008

Publisher(s): Free Press (Organization)

Author(s): S. Derek Turner; Adam Lynn

Funder(s): Free Press (Organization)

Funder(s): Free Press (Organization)

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Broadcasting)

Keywords: Blogs; Newspapers; Diversity of Perspectives

Type: Report

Coverage: Illinois


This brief study investigates the influence of Internet websites operated by independent non-traditional media outlets with a Chicago Illinois focus. In order to do this, we characterize the content, traffic, and audience composition of 13 different independent Chicago-specific websites, 7 of which were listed by Tribune in their October 23rd filing with the FCC, and compare them with 11 websites operated by traditional media companies based in the Chicago area.