Back in late 2009, shortly after this blog was born, I posted an article called "A News Day Dawns," about a journalistic experiment in Chicago that held the potential for a brighter future for all journalism in the Midwest.
This post is an obituary. That experiment just died, and anyone who cares about the role of journalism in our democracy has to be among the mourners.
The experiment was called the Chicago News Cooperative. It was founded by a group of former editors and star reporters from the Chicago Tribune, who had been fired or forced out or who quit in disgust after that paper, once the mightiest in the Midwest, was taken over by Chicago real estate magnate Sam Zell and plunged into bankruptcy (where it remains).