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MinnPost.com
TypeNon-Profit Newspaper, Monday through Friday
FormatWeb
PublisherJoel Kramer
EditorSusan Albright (managing editor), Roger Buoen (managing editor), Corey Anderson (web editor), Don Effenberger (news editor), Casey Selix (news editor)
Staff writersEric Black (Eric Black Ink), David Brauer (The Daily Glean,) Senta Knuth (Intern), Kenny Ronnan (Intern)
Founded2007
Political alignmentnonpartisan
HeadquartersMinneapolis, Minnesota  United States
Official websiteMinnPost.com

MinnPost.com also known as MinnPost is a non-profit news website in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a focus on investigative journalism and Minnesota news.[1] The paper offers "front page" news stories and interactive "posts" by reporters and readers based on the paper's original reporting.[2] The project is, in part, the result of buyouts and layoffs at the major newspapers in the Twin Cities and a general decline in high-quality journalism in print newspapers. Banding together experienced journalists through the efforts of a daily's former publisher, Joel Kramer (formerly the publisher of the Star Tribune, MinnPost provides an alternative news source for the Twin Cities.[3]

Among the staff who have committed to write for MinnPost, John Camp won a Pulitzer Prize for the feature article "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family" published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch in 1986.[4] A former editor of The Minnesota Daily (1982–83), Chris Ison won a Pulitzer for investigative reporting in 1990 with Louis Kilzer for a Star Tribune story about persons who profit from arson and the fire department in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ison won the Harrison Salisbury Annual Achievement Award the same year, awarded by The Minnesota Daily.[5]

Contents

Content and format

Estimates as of August 2007, were that 60% of MinnPost resources go to content, compared to "10 to 12 percent of revenue or 14 to 15 percent of expenses" in the newspaper industry. Content is "politics, government, science, health, culture" and not so much crime, sports and celebrity news. The non-profit model was estimated to save MinnPost about 15% of a traditional newspaper's outlays.[3] Whether MinnPost's Web designer Clockwork and the team's model provides for persistent Uniform Resource Locators and long term archives, its privacy policy and use of HTTP cookies were not yet found in Google search. The online format was inspired by Voice of San Diego and other sites.[6]

The format takes its shape from online newspapers. At first, MinnPost published a print version of about eight pages at the lunch hour to high traffic locations.[7] The print on demand model and print version was discontinued during the newspaper's first year.[8]

Online news in the metropolitan area

The organization is part of a much-discussed trend away from print toward online media. Quoted by Minnesota Public Radio News, Laurie Schwab, executive director of the Online News Association, said in June 2007, 45 percent of the association's 1,100 members "started working at print publications and migrated online".[9]

In Minneapolis-Saint Paul, experienced Star Tribune writers now work for Center for Independent Media the publisher of Minnesota Independent and Twin Cities Daily Planet published by the Twin Cities Media Alliance.[9] Minnesota Premier Publications, publisher of the Downtown Journal, Minnesota Good Age, Minnesota Parent and the Southwest Journal, redesigned its Web sites beginning in April 2007 to concentrate more on online news.[10] City Pages advertises as an "Online News and Arts Weekly" in Web searches.[11]

Personnel

Staff includes Joel Kramer (CEO and editor), Roger Buoen (managing editor), Susan Albright (managing editor),Corey Anderson (Web editor), Don Effenberger and Casey Selix (news editors), and about 25 journalists.[12] According to Editor & Publisher, opinion pieces are signed and nonpartisan.[1] All of the editors previously worked for Avista Capital Partners' Star Tribune, MediaNews Group's St. Paul Pioneer Press or Village Voice Media's City Pages. Staff members also come from Minnesota Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Company's The New York Times and The Boston Globe and Tribune Company's The Hartford Courant.[6]

Kramer was a Star Tribune editor (1980s), publisher (1992–1998) and president (1990s).[12] The board of directors is John Cowles, Jr., David Cox, Joel Kramer, Kathleen Hansen, professor of journalism at the University of Minnesota and director of the Minnesota Journalism Center, attorney John Satorius, and Patrick Irestone, and is chaired by Lee Lynch, a co-founder of Carmichael Lynch.

Writers

  • Susan Albright (Co-Managing Editor)
  • G.R. Anderson Jr.
  • Judy Arginteanu
  • Steve Aschburner
  • Roxane Battle
  • Dave Beal
  • Steve Berg
  • Eric Black
  • Pat Borzi
  • Dr. Craig Bowron
  • Cynthia Boyd
  • David Brauer (The Daily Glean)
  • Eric Bowen
  • John Camp
  • Christina Capecchi
  • Dave Dahl
  • Steve Date
  • Lorena Duarte
  • Pamela Espeland
  • Delma Francis
  • Aaron Gleeman
  • Amy Goetzman
  • Doug Grow
  • Chuck Haga
  • Kay Harvey
  • Beth Hawkins
  • David Hawley
  • Marisa Helms
  • Ed Huyck
  • Joe Kimball
  • Camille LeFevre
  • Linda Mack
  • Todd Melby
  • Michael Metzger
  • Iric Nathanson
  • Rob Nelson
  • Paul Nolan
  • Mark Neuzil
  • Susan Perry
  • Catharine Richert
  • Britt Robson
  • Scott Russell
  • Sharon Schmickle
  • Casey Selix
  • Al Sicherman
  • Brian Voerding
  • Jim Walsh
  • Ron Way
  • Jay Weiner
  • Craig Westover
  • Robert Whereatt
  • Dave Wood
  • Judith Yates Borger

Funding

Kramer raised US$1.1 million.[12] Members of four local families including Cowles and Kramer have contributed US$850,000.[13] The Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida initially donated US$250,000[14] and in 2008 subsequently granted additional funds to expand local reporting[15]. 621 members agreed to pay for the paper by about December 25, 2007.[citation needed] As of June 30, 2008, MinnPost had 904 member-donors contributing amounts ranging from $10 to $10,000.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b "Former 'Star Tribune' Publisher Launches Major Site for Twin Cities". Editor & Publisher (The Nielsen Company). 2007-08-27. http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003631418. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (2007-08-27). "Internet-based daily news site to launch this year in Minn.". West Central Tribune (Forum Communications Company). http://www.wctrib.com/articles/rss.cfm?id=23789. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b Edmonds, Rick (2007-08-30). "Old Media Meets New In Minnesota". Poytner Online (The Poynter Institute). http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=101&aid=129206. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ Howell, Deborah (December 1989). "... Because We Treasure Writing"". The English Journal (National Council of Teachers of English copy via JSTOR) 78 (8): 21. doi:10.2307/819479. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0013-8274(198912)78%3A8%3C21%3A%22BWTW%3E2.0.CO%3B2-W. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  5. ^ Heyboer, Kelly (November 1999). [Expression error: Missing operand for > "When Posting a Scoop Backfires."]. American Journalism Review (via Questia) 21.  and "The Minnesota Daily Hall of Distinction". The Minnesota Daily. http://www.mndaily.com/alumni/ShowAlumni.php. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  6. ^ a b Saba, Jennifer (2007-09-05). "MinnPost, New Online Venture, Ready to Crash Twin Cities Media Scene". Editor & Publisher (The Nielsen Company). http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003635485. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  7. ^ McKinney, Matt (2007-08-27). "Internet-based daily news site to launch this year, afternoon version was retitled and cut to "Former Star Tribune publisher to launch online news site" by 8:22 p.m.". Star Tribune (Avista Capital Partners). http://www.startribune.com/535/story/1384947.html. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  8. ^ Kramer, Joel. "Note to readers: MinnPost.com expands coverage". MinnPost. http://www.minnpost.com/stories/2008/07/28/2705/note_to_readers_minnpostcom_expands_coverage. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  9. ^ a b Baxter, Annie (2007-06-06). "Newspaper cuts show increasing power of online alternatives". Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/05/stribbuyouts/. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  10. ^ Minnesota Premier Publications (2007-04-30). "MPP announces revamped dtjournal.com". Press release. http://www.mnpubs.com/index.php?publication=mpp&section=45&page=50&readmore=70. Retrieved 2007-08-27.  Also, in July, its weekly Downtown Journal changed: Wyant, Carissa (2007-07-13). "Downtown Journal scales back publishing schedule". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (American City Business Journals, Inc.). http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2007/07/09/daily42.html. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  11. ^ "meta element". City Pages. Village Voice Media. http://www.citypages.com/. Retrieved 2007-08-30. 
  12. ^ a b c MinnPost.com (2007-08-27). "INTERNET-BASED DAILY NEWS ENTERPRISE TO BE LAUNCHED THIS YEAR". Press release. http://www.minnpost.com/news/. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  13. ^ Wyant, Carissa (2007-08-27). "Cowles, Lynch back Web daily venture". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (American City Business Journals, Inc.). http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2007/08/27/daily5.html. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  14. ^ Knight Foundation (2007-08-27). "MinnPost.com to Launch Later This Year With Partial Funding from Knight Foundation". Press release. http://www.knightfdn.org/default.asp?story=news_at_knight/releases/2007/2007_08_27_minnpost.html. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  15. ^ Template:Cite grant detail

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