Posted at 2:01 PM on May 10, 2007
by Andrew Haeg
Like anyone else who cares about Minnesota news, I've been watching with interest the developments at the Strib, and coverage of those developments.
But it seems a more optimistic story line might yet emerge. The Minnesota Monitor published an interview with departing veteran Star Tribune editor Jim Boyd. He says Avista's decisions to cut staff and focus on long-form journalism and local news may actually strengthen the newspaper, even as it reduces staff. "... there was a fair amount of deadwood in that newsroom," Boyd told the Monitor. "The question is whether the deadwood goes away and the really good wood stays."
As a Strib reader, I think Avista's plans to focus more on long-form reporting and local news sound pretty much what I've been looking for. I can get national and international news from a lot of different places. And I can get opinion from just as many. What I want is smart, solid news coverage, and I don't care if it comes in the form of a paper.
Less deadwood, fewer dead trees.