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MinnPost expands Earth Journal, with support from numerous donors

Ron Meador
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Ron Meador

Ron Meador will be expanding his environment and energy reporting and analysis for MinnPost to at least twice a week, effective today.

Ron, a former editorial writer for the Star Tribune who later worked for two nonprofits in the environment and energy fields, has been writing Earth Journal once a week since September 2011, first on a pro bono basis and then for a modest payment, as a test of audience interest. The audience response has been very good, with Earth Journal ranking high on our weekly list of most-viewed stories.

MinnPost decided to test the proposition that we could finance a beat with a group of generous donors making three-year financial commitments, ranging from $5,000 to $1,000 a year. It has worked. We have raised more than $40,000 a year, and as a result we’re now making Earth Journal a regular feature, at least twice a week. You can see the names of founding donors to date here. We intend to continue fundraising, with the goal of increasing the beat blog’s frequency. You can become a founder or make a one-time contribution here.

Here is Ron’s description of what he hopes to do: “My goal in Earth Journal is to offer reporting, analysis and perspective that goes beyond what’s already present in Minnesota’s mainstream media – to be additive, not duplicative – and to be guided foremost by readers’ interests. Subjects will range from global concerns and regional issues to personal lifestyle choices. You can count on me to offer a transparent personal perspective accompanied by fair-minded treatment of differing viewpoints and plenty of links to further reading.”

As with all our coverage, we hope that you, the reader, will actively engage with Earth Journal.

  • Read it (you can find previous stories at, and you can learn about new ones by subscribing to our free daily email newsletter
  • Forward stories through email or social media
  • Join the conversation on the stories in the comment thread. If you’re not already a registered MinnPost commenter, sign up here. Remember: to comment on MinnPost, you must use your real name.
  • Send story ideas to Ron at

Earth Journal will usually appear Tuesdays and Thursdays, though this week the second piece will run on Wednesday because of Thanksgiving. 

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Rolf Westgard on 11/20/2012 - 11:00 am.

    Welcome news

    I suggest Earth Journal will be more effective if a range of views is permitted.

    • Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 11/20/2012 - 12:40 pm.

      I expect a newspaper to a have a ‘voice’

      While I may not always agree with the viewpoint taken by a journalist, editorial writer or columnist, I respect their right to give their publicalion a unique ‘voice’ — as long as the rules of good science and professional journalism are respected.

      Rolf, you and I can always submit our own views on energy and the environment via “Community Voices,” as we have in the past. 😉

  2. Submitted by Joe Musich on 11/20/2012 - 09:49 pm.

    and for the education discussion ?

    Possible this new outlet could also broaden it’s examination of the education discussion as well ?

  3. Submitted by Rolf Westgard on 11/21/2012 - 02:32 am.

    Sound judgement from Robert Moffitt

    I fully agree, Robert. Especially with the “sound science” part.

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