Journal adds staff as new paper bows

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Wednesday Journal is adding a reporter and losing an editor this week as the company launches its sixth weekly newspaper, its third covering city neighborhoods.

Katharine Grayson, a longtime Journal reporter and editor of the Viewpoints section, takes up new duties as a reporter for the Chicago Journal which debuts Thursday and covers Wicker Park, Bucktown and Ukrainian Village. The paper joins the Chicago Journal edition serving the South and West Loop and the Austin Weekly News as Wednesday Journal's city papers.

Joining the staff of Wednesday Journal is Terry Dean who comes to the paper from the North Lawndale Community News where he served as managing editor. Dean will cover District 200 as well as writing for the Austin Weekly.

Journal reporter Drew Carter shifts his primary coverage from education to Oak Park village government. Ken Trainor will, once again, edit the Viewpoints section.

"We're excited to be expanding Chicago Journal into these remarkable neighborhoods," said Publisher Dan Haley. "The South and West Loop edition of Chicago Journal will be five years old this fall. The success we've had in those neighborhoods has convinced us of the positive role a strong community newspaper can have in city neighborhoods. The new edition of Chicago Journal will focused entirely on Ukrainian Village, Bucktown and Wicker Park. That's the way we do community newspapers, whether it is in Oak Park, Riverside or Little Italy."

The display advertising staff for Chicago Journal and the Austin Weekly is made up of three Oak Park residents, Ida Kirsch, Tony Bell, and the newest addition Molly Frank-Stewart.

Wednesday Journal, Inc. also publishes the Forest Park Review, Riverside-Brookfield Landmark and Chicago Parent magazine.

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