Eighth grade girls basketball team joins Glen Crest women's faculty before their basketball game at Glen Crest Faculty Night. For the first time Julie Breen, Glen Crest physical education teacher played against her 8th grade daughter Kelsey Breen. The final score was Women 29, 8th grade girls 22.

Eighth grade girls basketball team joins Glen Crest women's faculty before their basketball game at Glen Crest Faculty Night. For the first time Julie Breen, Glen Crest physical education teacher played against her 8th grade daughter Kelsey Breen. The final score was Women 29, 8th grade girls 22. (Jean Jeske, Community Contributor / February 25, 2013)

We try to keep you up to date on what’s going on at the Chicago Tribune in all its platforms. So we wanted to tell you about some additions the Chicago Tribune’s news applications team has made to keep readers’ digital news experience as interactive and smooth as possible.

Earlier this month, Deputy Managing Editor Peter Kendall wrote about how we’ve added more suburban TribLocal reporters to our staff to tell you more about what is going on in village halls, schools and workplaces in the suburbs around Chicago.

And the Tribune’s social media team also used this space to invite submissions to our monthly photo challenge at chicagotribune.com/photochallenge. (February’s topic? Love. Photo submissions still being accepted.) As news applications developers, we used the same behind-the-scenes technology from the photo challenge that we use (and improved) to invite user submissions for TribLocal, our hyperlocal suburban weekly news publication.

We built community.chicagotribune.com to smooth the process. The concept isn’t new to TribLocal, where people could send us these things before. But this new tool makes it easier to use – and allows us to share it more quickly on ourTribLocal.com sites, too.

Suburban TribLocal editors and online producers work with submitters to ensure accuracy and standards before publishing. It’s early going, but we’ve already published a photo of the Glen Crest 8th grade girls basketball squad after their challenge match with the Glen Crest women’s faculty. (Faculty, 29, Girls, 22, all still smiling afterward.) It was how we – and many of you -- learned the Batavia High School Dance Team headed to a national competition in Orlando. And it helped the League of Women Voters and the Association of University Women get out word about a recent candidates forum in Lombard. We've received more than 1,000 articles in the system so far. That adds to the work our reporters are already bringing to light. (Here’s how to submit an event, here’s how to submit an announcement or a story, and here’s how to submit a photo.)

We’ll be making adjustments and adding new features in the upcoming months to make From the Community more useful for you. Feel free to ask us any questions by emailing triblocaltips@tribune.com. And if you'd like to see what else we're up to, visit the news applications team blog.

-- Andy Boyle, news applications developer

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