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Sun-Times to focus on digital first, consolidate editing and production

Updated: January 22, 2013 10:02AM

The Chicago Sun-Times and its sister publications will move aggressively toward providing more news electronically in the next few months — a strategy that will lead to the consolidation of editing and production operations at the newspaper’s main office in downtown Chicago.

“We are ready from a technological standpoint to become a company that thinks about the Web and our digital products first and the newspaper second,” Editor in Chief Jim Kirk told the Sun-Times newsroom Thursday.

Despite the focus on news delivery through smartphones, apps and social media, there are no plans to stop producing print editions of Sun-Times Media publications. “Print is still an important part of our business, but cannot continue to be the main focus,” Kirk said.

As many as 75 editors and production employees will move into the Sun-Times newsroom, while more than 50 suburban reporters will work remotely. No job cuts are anticipated, nor is any scaling back of suburban coverage.

Revamped websites for Sun-Times Media publications are expected to debut early next year. Besides the Sun-Times, the company publishes seven suburban dailies: the Beacon-News (Aurora); the Courier-News (Elgin); the Herald-News (Joliet); the Lake County News-Sun; the Naperville Sun; the Post-Tribune (northwest Indiana); the SouthtownStar (South Side and south and southwest suburbs), and 32 weekly Pioneer Press newspapers.

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