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Who’s the floodiest of them all?

No good deed goes unpunished: Shortly after filing my praise for the cash-strapped Strib’s commitment to flood coverage, I heard from a Minnesota Public Radio pal lamenting specific numeric credit for their efforts.

Let the record show: MPR — with a newsroom a tenth as big as the Strib’s — had eight journalists in hipwaders compared to the Minneapolis paper’s ten. That’s impressive, and MPR’s coverage was superb — not just their typically fine explanatory journalism but human interest coverage on-air and in their blogs.

The rest of you were great, too. Now I’m moving on!

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by John Reinan on 03/31/2009 - 03:18 pm.

    Hey, I called my aunt in West Fargo and then tweeted about what she told me! That qualifies me as a journalist.

  2. Submitted by Perry Madden on 03/31/2009 - 05:01 pm.

    Nope, I think you have to have confirmation from a second source 😉

  3. Submitted by Nick Coleman on 03/31/2009 - 05:35 pm.

    The interesting comparison would be to check media staffing levels in ’09 vs. 1997, just to see what’s been lost. During that flood, WCCO’s Gunga Don reported from the scene almost every night, in Abercrombie hip boots and waders, choppering in and out from a safe haven in Fergus falls. Big time coverage, with all the big names, and casts of dozens. I think the Strib even parked a hi-tech trailer somewhere on the soggy prairie. All-out coverage, baby. Mad Bill Alkofer, rest his soul, and I spent week after week up to our keisters in ice water for the old Pioneer Press, including time working out of motels without electricity or toilets (I dropped my room key in the hotel porta-potty) and eating kippered herring out of cans. I can’t vouch for Alkofer, but I didn’t try to kiss anybody for weeks. My personal flood expense account passed $12K. And that was real money back then. So hats off to the Flood Heroes of ’09. But as for the all-around MSM performance in this flood, compared to the blitz of ’97?
    Maybe not so much.

  4. Submitted by Nick Coleman on 04/01/2009 - 12:34 pm.

    Floater, you Big Knucklehead: My comments were not about the hard work being put in by the Flood Corps of ’09. Sixteen hour days? I wouldn’t expect anything less. My point, which was simple: I don’t think the Legacy Media have committed the same manpower — or spent the same dinero — on the flood of 2009.
    Get some sleep. Nice job.

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