A new study by the Community Media Workshop pronounces Chi-Town Daily News the No. 1 independent/alternative source for local news in Chicago.
One of the study's main components was looking at how large of an audience local websites reach. So if you're a regular Daily News reader, give yourself a pat on the back. You helped get us the gold.
We've worked really hard over the past year to grow traffic and produce reporting that has some real impact. It's nice to be noticed.
No good deed goes unpunished, though. Some naysayers are already questioning the statistics, and the operator of one local blog flat out accused us of making up our traffic numbers today. Jealousy is not pretty.
For the record: We told Community Media Workshop that we serve 65,000 unique visitors a month. For the cynical among you, here's a screen-cap of our Webalyzer stats report showing that. We also track unique visitors with Google Analytics. And though GA shows a lower number of page views, it still gives us 65,000 unique visitors a month.
Generally our traffic has grown about 3x during each of the three years we've been in existence, and we're trying to top 100,000 unique visitors a month this year.
So visit often.