Chicago Tribune Sees 81% Drop in Q1 Revenue; Rolls Out Citizen Journalism Site

Amidst an 81% drop in first-quarter earnings, the Chicago Tribune has just rolled out a hyperlocal citizen-journalism website called Triblocal.com.

The site has an initial staff of four journalists, who will seed stories on this “largely unedited and self-policing [site]… designed to let citizens and organizations publish their own stories.”

“The Tribune hopes to “reverse publish” the content on the sites. It will pick the best pieces each week and print them in a tabloid-format paper that will be packaged with the Tribune.”