Dear readers: In June we announced the launch of a bigger, better Chicago Tribune designed to meet the expectations of readers who love their daily encounter with the printed newspaper.
Today, four months later, we offer you a progress report and once again invite your comments.
We are investing in the Chicago Tribune to ensure that it is relevant to you and remains a powerful force that helps shape our communities for the better.
We promised you deeper coverage on many fronts — local, investigative, national, world, business, opinion, arts and entertainment news.
We said we would add more than 40 pages per week to the printed Chicago Tribune to bring you more analysis, commentary and storytelling.
At the same time, we redesigned chicagotribune.com to focus even more on breaking news that keeps you informed up to the moment, 24 hours a day.
Reader response to these enhancements has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are extremely gratified.
Deeper coverage of complex issues
Since June, the Chicago Tribune has published more than 700 additional pages of news in the printed edition. In the course of a full year, that’s more than 2,000 extra pages. There is more space in the paper now than five years ago.
With that space, we can delve deeper into the complex issues that define our times, such as our struggling economy and that ideological battle raging in Washington over the role of government in reviving it.
The expanded print edition is just one part of a program to diversify our offerings to people with varying information needs at different times and places.
That’s why we’ve updated chicagotribune.com, started our Trib Nation public events program, and launched new iPad and other mobile apps, among other innovations.
Watchdog reporting that looks out for you
We are dedicated to seeing the world through your eyes and capturing what it means to live, work and play in the Chicago area.
Local investigative reporting is the heart of our mission, and the Chicago Tribune is doing more of it than ever before. You expect us to hold our leaders and institutions to a high standard of competence and honesty. One example is our commitment to exposing and correcting the egregious inequities in Illinois’ collapsing pension system, recently illustrated by a series of Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV reports about union executives cashing in at taxpayers’ expense.
We’ve broken dozens of investigative stories, ranging from sales tax avoidance loopholes to waste in public schools to pollution in Lake Michigan.
A view of the world from Chicago
There is a larger canvas now for world and national news. We bring you daily in-depth “Focus” reports from the Tribune’s Washington Bureau and from our company’s outposts around the globe. We broke down the far-reaching implications of the nation’s debt, the workings of Mexican drug cartels and the war in Afghanistan as it marked its 10th year, among many other stories.
You told us you wanted more thorough coverage of business and economic news. We added pages and several new features such as Monday’s “Executive Profile” that spotlights Chicago’s business leaders. We brought you comprehensive coverage of Google’s purchase of Motorola, the mercurial stock market and the transformative influence of Apple’s Steve Jobs on our lives.
We broadened our arts, entertainment and cultural coverage in the new, larger daily A+E section. We traveled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during its lengthy European trip, profiled the Lyric Opera’s new artistic powers Renee Fleming and Anthony Freud, took you to Lollapalooza and to the sets of movies filmed in Chicago.
New Perspective pages on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday provide a forum for viewpoints from around Chicago and the nation on public education, health care and the 2012 election campaign.
Binding communities together
Technology continues to transform the way people get news and information. We promise to be there for you online, on your tablet, smartphone or other devices now and in the future.
No matter the medium, the most important work a newspaper does is to bind communities together through information, perspective and context.
We all need information that keeps us safe and tells us how to improve our lives.
We seek advocates who will stand against abuses of power and ensure that justice is served.
We hunger for storytelling that reveals meaning in our lives.
We at the Chicago Tribune are dedicated to fulfilling this role for our readers. We thank you for your loyalty.
Tony W. Hunter, Publisher
Vince Casanova, President
Gerould W. Kern, Editor