Sun-Times Media Launches STM Custom Studios

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Custom Content Group Provides Innovative Marketing Opportunities

Sun-Times Media is excited to officially announce the creation of STM Custom Studios, a new division of Sun-Times Media.

STM Custom Studios was launched to help brands create and distribute relevant, high-quality custom content experiences to the Chicago Sun-Times community and beyond. In addition to an extensive network of print assets, the Custom Media group utilizes market-leading digital and interactive expertise, as well as live events to create specialized, innovative solutions for clients.

Katherine Gregory, the Sun-Times’ Director of Business Development, has been tapped to head the new Sun-Times Custom Content group.

“We look forward to leveraging our marketing and media expertise on behalf of our clients. By creating high-quality content that is useful to target audiences, STM Custom Studios enhances our clients’ brands and builds thought leadership across many platforms,” Gregory said.

Despite these additions, Sun-Times Media remains committed to the traditional journalistic ethics that served as the paper’s founding values. Jim Kirk, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, made it clear that STM Custom Studios will operate separately from the newsroom.

“At the Chicago Sun-Times, we pledge in our Readers’ Bill of Rights that sponsored content will be clearly labeled and distinguished from editorial content,” Kirk said. “We will be transparent with readers and never compromise our journalistic standards.”

As the Chicago Sun-Times continues to expand its digital footprint, Kirk said custom content is one of the ways the company will stay engaged in the media landscape of the future.

“STM Custom Studios is a continuation of our commitment to offer innovative solutions for our clients in the digital age,” said Kirk.

STM Custom Studios is already working in a variety of industries on behalf of their clients, including healthcare, banking, restaurants and retail.

About Sun-Times Media:

Sun-Times Media has been Chicago’s premier news source since 1948. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, the Chicago Sun-Times engages its influential audience through multiple platforms including print, mobile, online, video and events. The Sun-Times community includes more than 2.8 million weekly print readers, 3.2 million unique monthly mobile users and 6 million unique monthly online users. For additional information, visit or contact Emily Storms at estorms(at)suntimes(dot)com.

About STM Custom Studios:

STM Custom Studios is the content strategy and creative agency at the Chicago Sun-Times. We help clients humanize their brands and engage their target audiences with content-driven marketing opportunities and solutions. By leveraging our teams’ deep understanding of content creation, the digital media landscape, STM Custom Studios helps our clients in building lasting relationships with the consumers that matter most to them. For additional information, contact Emily Storms at estorms(at)suntimes(dot)com.

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