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Another neighborhood paper bites the dust

Southeast Minneapolis monthly The Bridge goes online only.
By David Brauer

Minneapolis’ The Bridge (formerly the Seward Profile and Southeast Angle) goes online only.

The monthly publication employed some great journalists over the years, including Minnesota Independent’s Chris Steller and current editor Jeremy Stratton.

It’s always been a tough go in the neighborhoods, especially the Bridge’s, and publishers Triangle Park Creative deserve a hearty pat on the back for all their hard work over the years.

Still, despite publisher Becky Clawson’s upbeat words about the environmentalism of dumping newsprint and the freedom from space and deadline restrictions, I’ve always believed online revenues are just too puny at the ultra-local level to support even the barest of payrolls.

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For many at the neighborhood-paper level, journalism is a labor of love, and lovin’ can go a long way on the web. But whether at the Bridge’s site or some node yet to come, this will be another test of how a community gets news when a print operation withers.