Chicago Tribune expands online efforts

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The Chicago Tribune announced Tuesday that it will increase the number of community Web sites it runs to 20, and will hire at least 25 new employees to support them and strengthen suburban coverage throughout the newspaper.

The new editorial staff will be integrated into the Tribune's existing metropolitan news operation, with stories appearing both online and in the newspaper. Meanwhile, existing community sites will be enhanced with a self-publishing software tool developed with KOZ, a software company based in North Carolina and IBM Corp., which will enable local groups to post community news.

In related news, the Houston Chronicle Interactive is employing a similar system also from IBM and KOZ to publish community news.

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