Pat Kampert | Chicago Reader

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Re: “"Chicago News Cooperative" Will Serve New York Times and Local Media

In an era when there are fewer watchdogs for politicians and government budgets, any new journalism enterprise should be welcomed, not picked apart.

I have to agree with my friend and former colleague, Al Solomon. (I'm a former Trib reporter and editor laid off last year.) Jim O'Shea is a terrific journalist; Jim Warren is just as talented. They both have a boatload of integrity too. You can't go wrong with those two and Ann Marie Lipinski in your camp, and I speak as someone who didn't personally know Jim O. or Ann Marie all that well. Could the Trib have been more aggressive in the past? Definitely. I am consistently and pleasantly surprised at the tenacious quality of the content my friends who remain at the Trib continue to publish with such a smaller staff. But most of the Trib's problems were industrywide or financial issues that Lipinski and O'Shea largely had no control over.

I also was saddened to see my former colleague throw Jim Warren under the bus in Gawker. Jim bent over backwards to help that writer and position him for success, and didn't deserve such shabby treatment. Jim also is one of the most progressive thinkers the industry has, even though he was not given the green light to execute some of his best ideas.

Posted by Pat Kampert on 10/23/2009 at 2:57 PM

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