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 just missed a debt payment, and there’s no newsroom labor deal, but one negotiator says there’s hope that the head count can be preserved.
By David Brauer
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
The Pioneer Press is swimming in debt, but Tuesday’s Bloomberg story is mostly old news.
By David Brauer
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.
Media News, which owns the Pioneer Press, is exploring Monday-Tuesday papers with shorter stories and fewer pages in several markets. The PiPress isn’t among them, but there’s more to the story.
By David Brauer
The Star Tribune’s newsroom union provides a peak inside ongoing contract talks. By David Brauer
This week, City Pages and Minnesota Monitor unveiled website redesigns — and in the Monitor’s case, took a new name. Are the changes for the better? By David Brauer
Two months ago, I wrote about the debut of Strib TV, the Minneapolis daily’s latest venture into multimedia web content.
St. Paul went wild over Barack Obama last night, but the city was a bit player in national coverage. By David Brauer
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
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
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
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
Now that the Minnesota Department of Education issued its findings in an Arabic charter school case, we cross-check Katherine Kersten’s initial allegations. By David Brauer
By David Brauer | Thursday, May 15, 2008 The Star Tribune’s newsroom budget will be cut 10 percent, with a
plan in place by June 1, according to a knowledgeable source.
Pat Reusse isn’t going to like this: the Strib just lost its top Vikings reporter to the Internet. By David Brauer
The Star Tribune’s newsroom labor union wants to help navigate the paper through its financial crisis, and they don’t need any more bodies to do so. By David Brauer
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
Given the New York Post-fueled Star Tribune bankruptcy talk, it will surprise few that upper management has a plan for smaller papers. The man-bites-dog? At least one influential reporter says he “really liked the changes.” Read more…
The Star Tribune’s labor leaders tell members that the timing of Sunday’s New York Post Strib-bankruptcy story is “a bit curious.” By David Brauer