Hello, email news fans. I’m back. And now it’s FAQ time.

WHAT IS THIS? When I left radio news to join the Chicago Tribune in 1998, my first (and maybe best) idea was to create a newscast by email. That became the Trib’s Daywatch—and the style we created has since been widely adopted in Chicago (like Crain’s Morning 10, where I’ve on occasion substituted) and around the world (TheSkimm). Since leaving the Trib, I’ve dabbled a little with the medium (for WBEZ-FM and on my own, as in my personal blog’s 3 Things Chicago feature). But I haven’t been serious about it for a while. I love it. And I’ve missed it.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? A daily (more or less; we’ll see) roundup of news you’ll find timely and relevant, along with the sort of pithy analysis you (may) have come to expect from me on Facebook and Twitter. And, if this thing takes off, more original reporting.

WHY NOW? In my consulting work on content strategy, I’ve often sung the praises of email as an unmatched communications channel, free of disruption from the overseers of the social media age, Facebook and Twitter. Time to demonstrate.

CAN AN AD-SUPPORTED MODEL WORK? I want to find out. Want your message to reach smart, involved readers? Why, this … could … be …

YOUR AD HERE. Skilled marketers* will work with you to create a message that resonates with smart, involved Chicagoans. Email ads@ChicagoPublicSquare.com now.

WHOSE WORLD IS THIS? It’s “Chicago Public Square**” for a reason. if you’re a journalist or anyone else with something interesting to report, it can be your world. This blog is independent of any news organization or news source, and it’ll link to anyone, anywhere, with something relevant to say. If you’re reporting or creating something cool, make sure we hear about your work as soon as it’s ready. Email us.

ISN’T THIS JUST A BLOG? Sure, you can bookmark this page and check back frequently. But who lives that way? Let what happens here come to you by email, which—admit it—is where you still live your life.

SIGN UP NOW. Let’s find out together what happens next.

* Note to self: Find smart marketers.
** Another note to self: Make sure not to leave out that L.

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