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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.

The Strib claims an enviro first, but is it best?

I realize the default position of media writers is often snark, but this item didn’t start out that way, honest.This morning, Star Tribune subscribers may have found their regular newspaper in a new wrapping — an “oxo-biodegradable” bag that breaks

Ex-Strib editor goes from frying pan to fire

Amid our local newsroom dramas, I wonder if Anders Gyllenhaal regrets his last career move.
Gyllenhaal quit as editor of the Star Tribune in 2006, just days before McClatchy Co. announced its sale to Avista Capital Partners.

Now, it’s MPR’s turn to cut back

The media recession: It’s not just for newspapers and Paul Douglas. Cutbacks and layoffs are coming to Minnesota Public Radio. But how deep will they be? By David Brauer

NY Post: Strib seeks six-month debt timeout

The New York Post reports today that the Star Tribune owner Avista Capital Partners want a six-month debt-repayment pause as they restructure; however, creditors want Avista to pump in $50 million first. By David Brauer

How favoritism fueled a TV news fracas

Assault and trespassing charges still hang in the air following a TV news scuffle at an Arabic charter school last week. What fueled the tinderbox? Favoritism. By David Brauer 

Strib finalizes new features section lineup

How do you save money without laying off reporters? The Strib finalizes its feature-section reorganization, promising “significant savings” while emphasizing the most popular and timely local content. By David Brauer

Stribits: invasion of the tire-kickers

I fully acknowledge I’m getting to the dregs of this week’s Strib-finances frenzy, but I’m a media reporter and readers seem attuned to the moment. Read more… By David Brauer