As I was looking for a long-ago Trib Nation post that explained our approach to releasing information to put readers in touch with sympathetic story subjects, I found a trove of interesting articles past.
There were eighty-eight pages of our blog, at about 11 posts per page, going back to the very first, written by consumer health watchdog reporter Trine Tsouderos on Jan. 26, 2010. (And that was before the Trib Nation redesign. There've been hundreds more posts since then.)
As I clicked "next," I kept finding posts that were like a Trib Nation's Greatest Hits album.
From 1/28/2010: Two Chicago Tribune photographs that beg explanations.
From 2/15/2010: How a conversation fueled a story in the Chicago Tribune.
From 1/11/11: An essay contest called "Job description for the next mayor of Chicago."
From 1/24/2011, Gail MarksJarvis in a livechat with readers called "Let's regain some control of our personal finances."
From 2/3/2011: How the Chicago Tribune is tackling neighborhood cleanup of the 2011 Chicago Blizzard.
A random walking-through-the-newsroom photograph of two of our investigative reporters literally comparing apples and oranges.
And here's the post that sent me down memory lane -- our desire to connect helpful readers with story subjects, while balancing an instinct to protect our readers from fraud.
Enjoy. And Lauren Krause and I will keep posting more as we find them.
-- James Janega
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