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Tribune brings the news -- and much more -- to the Internet
The Chicago Tribune adds a new edition Thursday, in a new location--the Internet's World Wide Web. The front page is at http://www.chicago.tribune.com, and behind the front page is not only the text of today's print edition, but also a wealth of content created just for the Web.
Each day, the editors and reporters assigned to the Internet edition are building Web sites on some of the top stories, incorporating material from Tribune archives; photos and graphics; audio, video and multimedia features provided by such Tribune partners as CLTV News, and links to related resources on the Web.
Sports fans can find ongoing sites devoted to Chicago's pro sports teams, with Tribune reports on every Bulls and Blackhawks game of the season, plus special Web features. This month, for example, the Internet edition is featuring the Illinois state high school basketball tournament, with the game story and box score of every title game back to 1908, plus video clips of some great moments in the tourney's history.
The Web site's features area, called Fun, includes searchable movie and restaurant databases, calendar listings from the Friday section and special features like an interactive version of the Beat Siskel contest (with video clips of Gene).
Also built specially for the World Wide Web: interactive, searchable TV listings that can be customized by cable system. The hourly grids include program information for every show, and you can search a week's worth of movies and TV shows for your favorite films, directors or stars.
The site emphasizes feedback and interactivity, things that make the Web such an important medium. Message boards and electronic mail forms make it easy for users to talk to each other and to correspond with the Internet Tribune staff.
In addition, updates of breaking stories are provided throughout the day on a special group of pages called "Between Editions," produced in association with Tribune Media Services.
Weather, stocks and sports scores are updated regularly, with an emphasis on Chicago and the Midwest.
The Tribune's existing World Wide Web offerings, Career Finder and Digital Coffee, continue as components of the Internet Tribune.
Career Finder, the newspaper's Web help-wanted section, soon will be joined by real estate and automotive listings; Digital Coffee, the Internet home of computer writer James Coates, is the centerpiece of a new section called Tech.
The full text of the Tribune continues to be available on Chicago Online, the Tribune's service on America Online (keyword: TRIBUNE), along with access to our archives back to 1985.