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The is the in the country and the flagship publication of .

The paper has been under the ownership of the Tribune Company and Tribune Publishing since its founding in 1847. In 2007 the paper, along with other Tribune Company properties including the Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun, were in a deal valued at $8.2 billion. The Tribune Company , led by the Chicago Tribune, into a separate company called Tribune Publishing in 2014.

The paper has undergone significant restructuring in recent years, some as a result of the Tribune Company’s The paper has seen a number of staff layoffs and buyouts, including In 2008 the company was , the iconic headquarters for the paper and other Tribune properties, but the In 2009, the Tribune announced it would publish a tabloid edition for newsstand and box sales, while home delivery copies would retain the broadsheet format.

The paper in 2012, allowing five free “premium” stories per month before charging $14.99 per month, though the site remains free for print subscribers. Subscriptions were also reported to include some through NewsCred.

The Tribune , along with six other Tribune Co. papers, in January 2013.

Niche products

The Tribune Media Group, which publishes the Tribune, has branched out to specialized print and online products designed to reach new audiences, including , a free tabloid introduced in 2002 to target young readers. In 2007, the paper launched , a network of community news sites that combines staff written news with reader contributed content. In addition, TribLocal is in communities in the greater Chicago area, with to Tribune subscribers and 900,000 to non-subscribers, as of 2012.

TribLocal was to the Chicago-based content provider Journatic in 2012, and about half of its 40 staffers were laid off. It was reported to be profitable at that point. Three months later, it took back control of TribLocal and , in whom it was an investor, in the wake of a fake-byline scandal, though it with the company and later that year. (Journatic was in 2014.) The paper by about half later that year.

In 2009, the Tribune launched , a network of local arts, sports, news, and culture blogs that in its first six months. Soon afterward, it , which does web, SEO, and social media consulting for businesses.

Online innovation

In 2009 the Tribune created its , a group of developers tasked with building for individual news stories and websites such as ChicagoTribune.com and TribLocal. The team was recognized with a for its first year of work. TribLocal, a network of local news sites launched in 2007, had as of June 2011.

The Tribune has been innovative in its , . As part of its social media strategy the newspaper created the character of to be the on Twitter. With the Colonel Tribune the paper has adopted a more with its Twitter account, a contrast from its that sends headlines. The paper also published its instead of their names on a masthead in 2009.

The paper launched a in July 2011. It of the social-reading app Zite in July 2012.

In June 2011, the Tribune announced it would soon begin incorporating real-time ads into its website redesign.

Ann Marie Lipinski, who was hired as the new curator of the AndroidForMobile Foundation in 2011, was the Tribune’s top editor from 2001 to 2008.

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