Minnesota Independent makes post-election cuts

The post-election pruning begins in the local media. Minnesota Independent reporter Molly Priesmeyer was told today that her position and one other has been eliminated.

Priesmeyer, whose primary beats were the housing crisis and the broader economy, says MnIndy’s parent, the D.C.-based Center for Independent Media (CIM), ordered the budget cuts, which apparently extend to six CIM’s state-based sites.

Priesmeyer says editor Steve Perry and the local operation is in no way responsible for the changes; I have emails in to CIM officials for more details on what’s going on.

Priesmeyer, who had worked for the site part-time, was promoted to full-time just a month ago. She turned down another offer to take the job, assured that MnIndy’s funding would be there after Election Day.

“It’s really disappointing because all of us on staff worked so hard during the election,” Priesmeyer says. “Our traffic doubled in the past few months. We were working overtime because we really believed in it. To have us told one thing before the election, and then another thing afterward is disheatening.”

During the campaign season, MnIndy’s high points included on-the-ground coverage of RNC protests and policing, the Michele Bachmann saga, and Election Day shenanigans, including Priesmeyer’s first-on-the-scene reportage from a Minneapolis polling place where Somalis were allegedly being influenced to vote for Norm Coleman.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Aaron Landry on 11/10/2008 - 01:39 pm.

    This is incredibly disappointing. Now’s the time to invest in and grow sites like Minnesota Independent. This chart says it all:


  2. Submitted by Julie Sandburg on 11/10/2008 - 02:08 pm.

    This seriously blows. All of the journalists there are so vital.

  3. Submitted by Ed Kohler on 11/10/2008 - 02:58 pm.

    MNIndy has been putting out some great content. Traffic is certainly growing. But how do they expect to support writers based on Google AdSense ad per page?

    Now that they have traffic, someone needs to take responsibility for creating a business model that works.

    Go sell some ads.

  4. Submitted by Mitch Berg on 11/10/2008 - 03:58 pm.

    Enh. The Minnesoros “Independent” has served its purpose; it delivered the propaganda required of it to try to assure Democrat victories. The Machine has no more need for it, and I fully expect it to die on the vine sooner or later.

    And EVERY political blog’s traffic doubles before the election – and they all pretty much drop sharply afterward.

    The “Independent” pre-Perry was amateurish but, I think, earnest; it had SOME aspirations to integrity. After Perry started, it turned into a pretty bald-faced shrill propaganda organ – which surprised me, since Perry was actually an excellent journalistic editor at the City Pages.

    Sorry Molly’s out of work. She was a never-ending source of material, sure, but that aside, I hope she lands on her feet somewhere (to continue as a never-ending source of material).

  5. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/10/2008 - 07:00 pm.

    What Mitch said. Plus, I heard Soros lost a ton of dough in the market.

  6. Submitted by Susan Lesch on 11/11/2008 - 03:12 pm.

    Ms. Priesmeyer has to be one of the best things about Minnesota Independent. Choosing from headlines there as often as not I would find I was reading her.

    What a great loss. Say it ain’t so.

    This week her article with the MnIndy video of Cedar-Riverside’s election celebration was pure joy and unforgettable. Thank you.

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