Carol Marin to lead daily Sun-Times video news report
BY DAVID ROEDER Business Reporter email@example.com February 21, 2013 1:14AM
Updated: March 22, 2013 10:33AM
The owners of the Chicago Sun-Times said Wednesday they are starting a video news network whose inaugural feature will be hosted by a journalist long familiar to television viewers and the paper’s readers.
Broadcast and print reporter Carol Marin will anchor “The Marin Report,” a 90-second show that will appear at noon Monday through Friday at Suntimes.com. The first program will be Monday. It will be the first venture of a new unit of Sun-Times owner Wrapports LLC that will produce multimedia video, drawing on the paper’s content. Called Wrapports Interactive LLC, the venture also will produce video for the paper’s Sunday supplements, the celebrity and lifestyle publication Splash and business magazine Grid.
Marin said that to accommodate the new assignment, she will scale back her Sun-Times column to once a week from twice weekly. She said she wanted to continue appearing in the paper while trying a digital newscast, calling the division of labor “the best of both worlds.”
She will continue with her assignments at WMAQ-Channel 5, where she is political editor, and WTTW-Channel 11, where she is a contributor to the “Chicago Tonight” program.
“It’s another turn in the ever-changing media landscape,” Marin said. Journalists often work in various platforms because media owners are looking for new products to make up for losses in ad revenue.
Marin cited examples of newspapers shooting video and broadcast reporters writing blogs. “We are all switch-hitting,” she said.
Tim Knight, chief executive officer of Wrapports, said producing video news is an important part of the company’s “larger digital strategy.”
“The Marin Report,” he said, will “bring even more engaging content to our readers and viewers than ever before.”
The show will be produced in the Sun-Times’ television studio, but Marin said it will have the flexibility to go on location, such as to Springfield or Washington. Marin’s longtime producer, Don Moseley, will assist with the program.
“We want it to be punchy and strong and smart,” Marin said. It will summarize the news while highlighting exclusive content from the Sun-Times. Leading the video venture are Brandon Copple, former managing editor at Crain’s Chicago Business, and Dustin Park, a TV and web video producer who worked with Kurtis Productions.