Chicago Gets New Local Publications

Print is making its regional comeback--in Chicago.

The Windy City area is welcoming a number of new locally focused publications launched by name-brand media companies. The local initiatives hope to spur audience engagement with news tailored to their immediate needs and coverage of close-to-home issues.

On Wednesday, McGraw-Hill said that BusinessWeek will launch BusinessWeek Chicago this coming November. The publication will be distributed to 60,000 Chicago-area BusinessWeek subscribers, along with the regular national edition of the magazine.

The McGraw move follows last week's announcement by the Chicago Tribune that it has launched two weekly print editions spawned by its 4-month-old venture in hyper-local citizen journalism:

The new papers, covering Chicago's West and Southwest suburbs, include photos, stories and other contents posted by readers on the Web site, as well as content from Triblocal's own editorial staff.

Published by the Tribune's Chicagoland Publishing Company subsidiary, the papers will be distributed with more than 23,000 copies of each Thursday's Tribune in the communities of Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn, Maple Park, Orland Park, Orland Hills, Tinley Park and Homer Glen in the Southwest suburbs.



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