Before it was Daywatch, I had other ideas

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
In November 1998, as I was getting ready to leave the radio news business to join the Chicago Tribune's then-new "breaking news" project, I was asked to brainstorm concepts for what eventually would become Daywatch -- a news blog before "blog" was a word, and, later, an email news briefing.

My suggestions to name the new project -- and my design for logos to match -- didn't make the cut.

But, mainly just because I recently stumbled across the images I mocked up back then, here they are anyway: proof I chose well by opting against a career as a graphic designer.


The idea was that the Tribune would bring you news in realtime -- you know, sort of like a broadcast from the Tribune over the Internet.

But this was before streaming video was a thing, and this idea went nowhere.

Tower Ticker

Back in 1998, the name "Tower Ticker" -- callback to a Tribune newspaper column of the past and to the wire machines that were going extinct around the same time -- drew snickers from some of the team.

But, ironically, it was eventually resurrected a decade later as the title of another blog: the home of Phil Rosenthal's media reporting.

And that's where, in 2011, Phil broke the news that I was leaving the Tribune to return to radio as news director at the Trib's then-sibling radio station, WGN.

Happily, although it doesn't look like this anymore, Daywatch lives on as a daily email from the Tribune. If you haven't subscribed, you should.

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