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A slight case of Strib envy

Posted at 12:40 PM on August 7, 2007 by Bill Wareham

First off, sorry for the slow pace of postings here on the Grid. As you can imagine, things have been pretty busy around here with all the bridge collapse coverage. I think by next week I'll be able to ramble a little more often.

In the meantime, I'll urge you to check out the continuing bridge coverage here. It's really been stellar, the staff here has really gone to extraordinary lengths to get you good, reliable answers to all the questions we have around this incident. I really can't say enough good things about their effort, or their output, for that matter.

Which brings me to today's little lament/observation. A couple of days ago, I was reading how the Star Tribune put 75 staffers on the bridge story. And maybe it's just me, but it felt a little more breathless in the reading, more like: 75 STAFFERS!!! FULLY A QUARTER OF THEIR ENTIRE NEWS STAFF. Which only made me groan - I could put our entire news staff on the story and still come up 20 short of the Strib's 75 on this story.

(The flip side, of course, is that, thanks to a very generous audience, we have the largest and best regional public radio newsroom in the country. I don't think there's another that could've provided both the breadth and depth of coverage of this incident. There, I feel better now.)