Yesterday Mashable, in partnership with the Poynter Institute, named ChicagoNow one of “5 innovative websites that could reshape the news.” The announcement was a surprise to us and we are honored to be listed alongside WikiLeaks, Everyblock, Spot.Us and Fwix.
As I wrote on TribNation, ChicagoNow has come a very long way in a short time.
We came up with the idea for our site in December 2008. Our goal was to
quickly create an authentic, online community where Chicagoans can talk
about whatever interests them. As Bill Adee, now vice-president for all
things digital at Chicago Tribune said, “Take chicagotribune.com, flip
it 180 degrees and that’s ChicagoNow.”
To learn more about the thinking behind ChicagonNow, you can read our staff post “Why the Chicago Tribune launched ChicagoNow.”
ChicagoNow is now home to more than 300 bloggers, who collectively post
more than 100 entries every day. They have built an incredible
community of passionate Chicagoans and people who are just passionate
about Chicago. On average, ChicagoNow receives more than 500 comments
per day. In April, we received more than 15 million pageviews.
Together we have learned a lot in the past year (next Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of our beta launch)
and we still have a lot to learn. We appreciate everyone’s feedback on
our redesign and are working quickly to make adjustments. Ideas,
suggestions and complaints can be sent via email or posted as a comment
right here on our staff blog.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way and who now
make ChicagoNow a part of their daily routine–be it as a blogger or a
user. We hope you will come celebrate with us at our next ChicagoNow tweet-up, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 at English (444 N. LaSalle).