‘Sun-Times’ Wire Adding Content From ‘La Raza’ Weekly

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By: E&P Staff

The Sun-Times News Group (STNG) and the Chicago Spanish-language weekly La Raza said Friday they have formed a news gathering alliance to add Hispanic-focused content, in both English and Spanish, to the STNG Wire.

The new content will be launched May 1.

STNG Wire is a Web-based news and headline service intended to replace City News Service, the commercial venture shut down by the Chicago Tribune last New Year’s Eve. City News was the successor to the legendary City News Bureau, which was a partnership of the Tribune and the STNG flagship Chicago Sun-Times. It launched last February and has signed up such Chicago news outlets as the local CBS, ABC and NBC affiliate TV stations, and the 24-hour news radio station WBBM Newsradio 780.

“La Raza’s content will enhance our subscribers’ ability to report on significant events and developments within the Latino community,” Fred Lebolt, STNG’s vice president for new media, said in a statement. “By providing Hispanic-focused news in both languages, we believe STNG Wire will provide even greater value to our English and Spanish-language subscribers by adding a new dimension to their coverage.”

Under the agreement, La Raza will have the opportunity to introduce STNG Wire to Hispanic media outlets, the papers said.

“We expect that with the addition of Hispanic-oriented news from La Raza, Hispanic media outlets across Chicago will become active users of STNG Wire content,” La Raza Publisher and CEO Robert J. Armband said in a statement.

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