First, Sweeney, whose combative quotes re: Bill Kling’s empire made news today, effectively dissed the Pioneer Press by pronouncing MPR will be his biggest competition, especially over a 10-year time frame. Medium-incorrect maybe, but I doubt many in this crowd will argue.
(The PiPress has not been heard from today, but its newsroom remains bigger than MPR’s, for the moment at least. Earlier, MPR announced a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor for an “enterprise journalism” fund. My comment: it had better fund tough-minded local investigations.)
Second, he announced that the Strib — a privately owned company whose ownership isn’t precisely known — will report quarterly financials just like a public company. That’s cool.