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Chicago Tribune Up on the Web

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Chicago Tribune Up on the Web

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The Chicago Tribune, one of the first newspapers to put itself on a commercial online service, is now publishing on the World Wide Web.

Located at http://www.chicago.tribune.com, the Tribune's Web version emphasizes content created exclusively for the Internet while also making available the full text of the printed daily and repurposing material from other Tribune Co. units, including Tribune Media Services, WGN radio and TV and Chicagoland Television News (CLTV), the 24-hour local news cable channel.

"Just as Chicago Tribune reporters have appeared on CLTV for the past three years to provide expertise on news stories, we will use broadcast audio and video to supplement our content for the Internet edition," said Leah Gentry, editor of the Chicago Tribune Web edition.

Unlike the Los Angeles Times -- which pulled its TimesLink electronic newspaper from the Prodigy commercial online service when it began publishing on the Web -- the Chicago Tribune will continue its Chicago Online edition on America Online, said Owen Youngman, the Chicago Tribune's director of interactive media.

"At this point, we certainly don't intend [to leave AOL]. Right now, the user bases are pretty distinct, although that will probably change .... We've got a well-defined database of users ... and we see no reason to abandon those hundreds of thousands of users," Youngman said.

For the moment, too, the full Chicago Tribune archive remains on AOL, although the paper hopes to have the archive accessible to Net users at some point, Youngman said. …

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