WGN.News Masterplanned Project Brief

Vision: Transform WGN.News into a leading digital news platform, harnessing the prestige of WGN TV & Radio’s legacy to offer unparalleled news coverage tailored for the Illinois community and beyond.

Mission: Leverage the WGN.News URL to build a credible, engaging, and comprehensive news outlet, focusing on local news, in-depth analysis, and community-driven stories.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Content Excellence: Curate high-quality, exclusive content that resonates with local and regional audiences, including investigative reports, community features, and live news updates.
  2. Brand Synergy: Collaborate with WGN TV & Radio to cross-promote content, sharing resources and audiences to enhance brand recognition and trust.
  3. Digital Innovation: Employ cutting-edge technology for a seamless user experience, including mobile optimization, interactive features, and personalized content delivery.
  4. Community Engagement: Develop a robust community engagement strategy, featuring user-generated content, feedback channels, and local event coverage to foster a loyal reader base.
  5. Sustainable Growth: Implement a scalable business model that supports content quality, technological upgrades, and marketing initiatives through diversified revenue streams including advertising, subscriptions, and partnerships.

Implementation Plan:

  • Phase 1: Conduct market research to identify audience needs and content gaps. Establish brand guidelines in collaboration with WGN TV & Radio.
  • Phase 2: Develop the digital platform with user experience at the forefront. Begin content production with a focus on quality and differentiation.
  • Phase 3: Launch a targeted marketing campaign to introduce WGN.News to potential audiences, leveraging social media, SEO, and cross-promotion with WGN TV & Radio.
  • Phase 4: Initiate community engagement strategies, including forums, social media interactions, and local events sponsorships.
  • Phase 5: Analyze performance metrics to refine content strategy, user experience, and marketing efforts for sustained growth and engagement.

Success Metrics:

  • Audience growth and engagement rates
  • Brand recognition and trust within the community
  • Quality and uniqueness of content
  • Revenue generation and financial sustainability