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The Star Tribune floods the zone

Amid all my media doom-and-gloom today, it’s worth noting that the cash-strapped Star Tribune deployed ten journalists (reporters, photographers, videographers) this weekend to chronicle Fargo’s possible drowning.

I could be cynical and say that in these tight times, they should’ve saved their money for better day-to-day coverage closer to home — but I honestly don’t feel this way. This is a huge, gripping story, threatening to become truly catastrophic.

It’s the sort of event that the state’s largest newsroom once threw bodies at. As with the 35W bridge-collapse aftermath, newsroom management deserves praise for suspending balance-sheet disbelief to cover it.

And of course the Strib’s journalists (and all the local flood reporters) deserve praise for throwing themselves at the story; not to minimize the situation’s tragedy, but the adrenaline had to feel good, especially right now.

By the way, penny-pinchers should note most of the Strib’s extra troops came home once the worst danger passed.

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  1. Submitted by Richard Parker on 03/31/2009 - 03:14 am.

    I worked on the Strib’s State news team during the 1997 floods, when the paper had plenty of people. I was proud of our work in those days. I’m very impressed with what the smaller staff is doing now. Can’t help but wonder if Jim Durkin has a major role behind the scenes. He was managing editor of the Grand Forks Herald in 1997 and kept that paper publishing after its building was flooded, then burned. The Herald won a Pulitzer as a result, and Jim moved to the Star Tribune. I can picture his steady, good-natured leadership guiding the staffing and coverage in the present crisis.

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