Would you pay for a better newspaper?

Short answer from this Chicagoan: yes. The Chicago Reader‘s Michael Miner looks at the Trib’s still-under-wraps “Five Star” project. I’ve been wishing for a better written, more discursive, more serious Chicago Tribune since I came here a quarter-century ago–and I particularly resented the lack of one when the Tribune Company was riding high. Now that they’ve thoroughly squandered all the competitive advantages they’d accumulated up to, say, 2005, and also failed to figure out a forward-looking business model that leveraged those advantages, I’m happy to see that someone there is looking at (for lack of a better word) “quality” as a potential strategy to explore. Here’s one longtime subscriber who’s pulling for you, Tribune Company!

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