Friday, May 06, 2005

Chicago Tribune's bizarre way of reporting on itself

For the first time since 1968, the Chicago Tribune is being sued for libel. Online readers probably wouldn't notice this, but in the print edition of the Trib, you'll find the story in the Business section. Traditionally, the Tribune covers cover crime, civil suits and the like in the Metro section.

Chicago Tribune stories about itself or its parent organization--the Tribune Company--such as quarterly financial results or circulation figures are typically written about and placed in the Business section. Makes sense. Just as similar stories about other media organizations would be placed in that same part of the paper.

Maybe it's nothing, but is the Tribune purposely trying to place the libel story in a seemingly obscure location? The Chicago Sun-Times, on the other hand, placed the libel story in it's Metro section.

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