• Jim O’Shea

Next Tuesday the Chicago News Cooperative stops promising and starts delivering.

“Coming soon: An innovative news site dedicated to building communities through quality journalism,” its website asserts. It used to assert, “Coming in 2010: An innovative news site dedicated to building communities through quality journalism. But after a while it wasn’t 2010 any longer.

The new managing editor, Jim Kirk, told me last May a “more aggressive web presence” was his “first order of business.” When I checked back in January, Kirk told me it was a few weeks off. A month later Kirk resigned, the site still no more than a gleam in his eye.