Music journalist Jim DeRogatis is leaving the Chicago Sun-Times to take a full-time teaching position at Columbia College Chicago and take up blogging for Chicago Public Radio’s Vocalo.org. Chicago media critic Robert Feder, a former Sun-Times colleague who began blogging for Vocalo last fall, broke the news. “We have always wanted a blogger to cover music for blogs.vocalo.org,” Justin Kaufmann, senior content developer for Chicago Public Radio tells Feder. “Jim is arguably the best music writer in Chicago, if not the nation. We couldn’t be happier. He is going to take our blogs to a whole new level.” DeRogatis’s blog, PopNStuff, launches June 1. He’ll continue to co-host Sound Opinions, the weekly public radio show produced by Chicago Public Radio.
UPDATE: DeRogatis tells CityPages.com: “The blogging is going to be pretty intensive,” he says. “I’m going to be doing basically what I’ve been doing at the Sun-Times, minus the more trivial chasing-your-tail stories. As a blogger I’ll have more freedom to give more insight and not worry about the daily newspaper restrictions, what that job entails.”