The Sun-Times is teaming up with D.C.-based Homicide Watch to provide “deeper reporting on the city’s rampant murder problem.” Before January ends, the newspaper announced Thursday, it will launch homicides.suntimes.com, a “pairing of Homicide Watch technology and Sun-Times reporting resources [that] will mean that every victim’s story is told with a depth of focus that follows the Homicide Watch promise: Mark every death. Remember every victim. Follow every case.”
I wrote about Homicide Watch last September, when it was a highly praised but furiously paddling two-person operation trying to raise $40,000 on Kickstarter so it could stay in business. Homicide Watch offers “a new kind of crime journalism that is database driven,” explained Laura Amico, who founded and runs Homicide Watch with her husband, Chris Amico. “It allows coverage to be both granular and cumulative.” Even then, the Amicos wanted to expand beyond the Washington, D.C., city limits; they were fielding inquiries from other cities—though Chicago wasn’t one of them.