Colonel Tribune is heading to The Huffington Post.
Actually, one of the people behind Colonel Tribune is making the move.
Craig Kanalley, a former digital intern at the Chicago Tribune, has accepted a position as the traffic/trends editor at The Huffington Post. He was performing social media work for the Tribune, including overseeing its popular Twitter account, Colonel Tribune, and helping with ChicagoNow, the Trib’s local blog network.
He took over Colonel Tribune after its creator, Daniel Honigman, left the Tribune for Weber Shandwick.
Kanalley also created the Web site Breaking Tweets, which aggregates Twitter updates from global hotspots, and lectured at DePaul University’s journalism school.
In August, Kanalley was part of a panel on “pitching reporters via Twitter” at Ragan’s Twitter Bootcamp in Chicago. He was the youngest on the panel, which also featured Allan Schoenberg, the director of corporate communications for CME Group (who’s behind its Twitter feed), Amber Porter Cox, a Chicago-based communications consultant, and Craig Newman, the assistant managing editor/special projects at the Chicago Sun-Times and the man behind its Twitter account.
During that session, an audience member posed the question: Who in an organization should handle social media? Schoenberg, Cox and Newman said companies should not hand over their social media efforts to an intern. Kanalley, a Tribune intern at the time, agreed. He called himself an exception to the rule.
Kanalley will move to New York for the Huffington Post job. If you’re looking for a studio apartment in Chicago, Kanalley’s is for rent (and he’s offering one month of free rent).