The Tribune tried a different way of writing a story the other day. It’s a way that has its advantages, but it’s fraught with danger. And because those advantages actually rub a lot of reporters the wrong way, it can create a working environment fraught with sullen discontent.
Or to quote from an e-mail that originated inside Tribune Tower: “Note the Sunday business front story where the CEO of Goose Island gets his own story apparently…. Apparently, [editor] Gerry Kern wants more stuff like this in the paper…. But staffers are concerned that voices like these will a) be merely advertisements for corporate America b) should be Op-Eds or whatever and not on a news page and c) will lead to replacing reporters if the fucking business executives can just say what they want.”