Mike Fourcher
  • Mike Fourcher

The reinvention of neighborhood journalism just ran into a bad patch. On Friday the Tribune announced that it’s suspending the use of Journatic to provide content for its TribLocal websites and weekly papers. On Saturday Mike Fourcher announced that he’s resigned from Journatic as production manager and head of editorial.

Vince Casanova, president of the Chicago Tribune Media Group, said in a statement that a quote in a story that appeared this week in Deerfield TribLocal was lifted from the Deerfield Review and another quote was made up, though it was inspired by a March story on deerfield.patch.com. The Review is a Sun-Times Media paper, and the Deerfield site is part of AOL’s Patch network.

It was only two months ago that I reported Fourcher joining Journatic, but given Journatic’s last two weeks, it seems like another lifetime.