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ECM and Sun: Can a community newspaper combo succeed?

To ECM Publishers, the value proposition in acquiring their bigger community-paper rival, Sun Newspapers, is simple: 700,000 doorsteps.
“That’s more homes than any other other local publisher,” including the Star Tribune, notes ECM president Marge

Star Tribune amends Vikings stadium editorial

Following my Tuesday post about the Star Tribune editorialists misrepresenting the Convention Center sales tax at the heart of a Vikings stadium subsidy plan, the paper issued a “clarification” Friday:
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Star Tribune announces new political, Minneapolis, education reporters

Some comings and goings in Strib-land recently; Monday, managing editor Rene Sanchez announced the hiring of three veteran reporters who will start next month:
♦ Jennifer Brooks will join the Politics/Government team for election coverage after a f

Winona Daily News parent files bankruptcy

This actually broke last week, but Winona Daily News owner Lee Enterprises filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, Bloomberg News reports.
Corporate and local sources say Winona’s operations are not expected to be affected.

Radio ratings: KFAN and KS95 surge; KQRS and KDWB drop

Like Rip Van Winkle, I’m waking up after eight months of not checking the radio ratings. What happened while I was asleep? ♦ KS95 eclipsed traditional pop-music powerhouse KDWB for the first time in nearly two years and has kept it up.

Boogaard’s brain: How the New York Times got that story

— “They’re trading money for brain cells”
John Branch isn’t completely sure, but he thinks “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer” is the New York Times’ biggest multi-department compilation ever.
Branch’s lavishly detaile

Strib metered pay wall: Web traffic down 10-15 percent, revenue up

“It doesn’t feel like 2009 anymore,” one Stribber tweeted Monday, after AdWeek named the Star Tribune the “hottest” regional newspaper in its “Hot List” feature.
Listicles have given me hives ever since a managing editor I hated gave his barber a “