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David Brauer authors Braublog and is MinnPost’s local media reporter. He has covered media and politics as a writer and editor since 1983 for City Pages, the Southwest/Downtown Journal, KFAN and KSTP-AM, Mpls.St.Paul, Minnesota Monthly, Law & Politics, the Business Journal, KARE11 and national outlets.

Strib seeks credit where credit is due

The Strib, it seems, is outing folks all over town. But it has nothing to do with bedroom behavior. “Outing” is an official Associated Press term. The AP is a co-op; member news organizations share copy which AP rewrites and other members use.

PiPress redesign: quick thoughts

Today readers of the Pioneer Press noticed their paper had a new look. Here’s a good front-page before and after. (Hat tip to Bob Collins at NewsCut.) The paper did not change its text size or typeface, and kept its organization the same.

New Twins stadium: A fan’s-eye perspective

I’m a baseball geek and I have strong opinions about new ballparks as places to watch a ballgame. I’ve taken a detailed look at the new Twins stadium, and made interesting comparisons to the Dome that Twins fans know and (mostly) loathe.

Sex and the Strib sports section

Professional journalists work amid a crumbling ad climate, so it’s a bit churlish to take after a loyal industry that helps keep paychecks flowing. Still, I cannot help but commemorate Tuesday, Feb.

Strib to cut 3 percent of workforce

Another week, another round of bloodletting at the Strib.This morning, Strib publisher, chairman and part-owner Chris Harte told his staff that 58 positions across the company, or about 3 percent of the workforce, will be cut.

MnMon, Strib get their men

The economy may suck, but the relative blizzard of announcements hitting my laptop this morning indicates there are still jobs for journalists out there.As reported here last week, Minnesota Monitor offered Steve Perry the job of editorial director,

Strib owners: please buy our headquarters

In a not-exactly shocking development, Strib publisher, chairman and part-owner Chris Harte has told staffers the paper’s downtown real estate — including the iconic 425 Portland Ave.

Steve Perry to take over Minnesota Monitor?

In what would be a very cool development in the local online news world, former City Pages editor Steve Perry may become the new editorial director of Minnesota Monitor, the left-leaning local news site.
Since leaving CP early last year, Perry has

The Strib’s mortgage payment problem

I hadn’t planned a Day Three update on the Strib revenue bombshell, but a really smart, connected guy named Alan Mutter has a noteworthy column for Strib-watchers to ponder.

Strib revenue bombshell — the day after

It’s always a happy day in my get-a-life when a private company publicly discusses numbers. Yesterday, Star Tribune publisher, chairman and part-owner Chris Harte issued a memo revealing the paper’s revenues had fallen $75 million in two years.

Strib’s suburban coverage: another change

Just months after a ballyhooed shift to suburban coverage, the Strib is shifting back.  Bestill your beating hearts, haters of small-bore copy — the paper of record is not abandoning its journey to the outer rings. Rather, as of Feb.

Here’s hoping… for aggressive journalism

My hope for 2008 is that the Star Tribune stops going insane.

When people tell me they’ve canceled their subscriptions because of the paper’s buyouts or suburban shift, I completely understand, although I won’t add my name to their ranks.