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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:27 PM
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God Carlos Rosa is DOA in the next election, his staff just can't keep their mouths shut:

https://mobile.twitter.com/evanFmoor...952704/photo/1

https://mobile.twitter.com/mina_bloo...71875650674688

This is his chief of staff celebrating DNAinfo going under (because they are "white trust fund babies from the suburbs") and then basically telling someone who got laid off to get a job. This is four days after his other staffer complained that white people are moving into Logan Square.
I can't stand Ramirez-Rosa. You would think he and his staff would love DNAinfo as it went out of its way to show sympathy to lower income residents.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:37 PM
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DNAInfo was never going to win a Pulitzer, but it had a vital place in Chicago news ecosystem (NY too). Ricketts is acting like a petulant, spoiled little boy and here is why - he could have tried to sell it. He didn't want a union shop, fine, unload it. But immediately shutting it down is a poor reflection on him. By God, don't cross Joe Ricketts, he'll show you!
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 3:02 PM
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DNAInfo was never going to win a Pulitzer, but it had a vital place in Chicago news ecosystem (NY too). Ricketts is acting like a petulant, spoiled little boy and here is why - he could have tried to sell it. He didn't want a union shop, fine, unload it. But immediately shutting it down is a poor reflection on him. By God, don't cross Joe Ricketts, he'll show you!
also, he just acquired Gothamist in May. i mean seriously?
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also, he just acquired Gothamist in May. i mean seriously?
Eh, I think DNAinfo's been hemorrhaging money for a long time. No doubt that Ricketts is a prick who has expressed strong anti-union views, and went about this the wrong way – not informing staff ahead of time, taking down archives without reassuring staff they'd be up again soon – but he's probably been thinking about shuttering for awhile, and this was just the straw that broke the camel's back. Hard to sell an operation that's losing millions a month.

They probably acquired Gothamist to see if there was any way it could turn the company around, and with some months of seeing no obvious path forward realized it wasn't going to save the company. Some are claiming that Gothamist was making money, but no one knows how much, whether it came anywhere close to making up for DNA's losses, and to what extent its margins were thinning out (which they assuredly were).

Ricketts is a prick, but the real pricks are at Facebook and Google, who make more money than God distributing content they don't pay for . Ricketts may have laid off 110 journalists yesterday, but those companies are responsible for the loss of the 40% fewer journalists the country had a decade ago.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 6:25 PM
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mistakenly posted wrong place
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 6:35 PM
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Looks like DNA posted all the content online again.

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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 6:53 PM
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God Carlos Rosa is DOA in the next election, his staff just can't keep their mouths shut:

https://mobile.twitter.com/evanFmoor...952704/photo/1

https://mobile.twitter.com/mina_bloo...71875650674688

This is his chief of staff celebrating DNAinfo going under (because they are "white trust fund babies from the suburbs") and then basically telling someone who got laid off to get a job. This is four days after his other staffer complained that white people are moving into Logan Square.
I don't even live in the ward and I'm completely fed up with his shenanigans. I just signed up to volunteer on a campaign that is starting up to run against him in February of 2019. I can PM you details if youre interested in volunteering. Every little bit of support helps!
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:42 PM
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I don't even live in the ward and I'm completely fed up with his shenanigans. I just signed up to volunteer on a campaign that is starting up to run against him in February of 2019. I can PM you details if youre interested in volunteering. Every little bit of support helps!
Who's running against him?
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i think chicago needs to carve out and articulate its own niche. we have live music, and its SO much better than whats available in these cities. the thing is we're big enough to the degree that basically any national touring band will make a stop without a second thought, and we get a lot of the cool one off/limited engagement things that maybe only land in 3 or 4 places in north america. what we're actually producing however is more difficult to pin down.
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What they should do, instead of either doing the splatter-gun, something for everyone approach, or deciding which one area Chicago can sell the hardest, is to have a dozen different marketing campaigns, with each one focused on a niche.

Then you could really sell each niche to the audience(s) that are interested in those niches and compete individually against those other niche markets. You could still do a few broad campaigns showcasing all of Chicago's highlights, but we'd also probably have a better shot at attracting the niche audiences, too.
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