THOUGHTFUL JOURNALISM. It’s no oxymoron at MinnPost, the ink-free daily “newspaper” where wicked-smart journalists are learning to love the blog age.
Tight, smart, and stocked with talent, the online MinnPost is a newfangled enterprise, nonprofit, nonpartisan, and donor-supported. Sustainable? We can only hope so, because clicking on MinnPost’s email briefings each day has come to feel like an essential daily act of “plugging in.”
“A thinking person’s web site,” the American Journalism Review said of MinnPost soon after the venture’s launch. Small wonder: The site is staffed by some of the brightest Strib exiles, from former publisher Joel Kramer to Pulitzer Prizer Chris Ison to sharp politico Eric Black. Offbeat foodie Al Sicherman is a MinnPoster, along with the inimitable columnist Doug Grow. Beth Hawkins, long the best investigative reporter at CityPages, is on the MinnPost roster, with smart blog entries about education and public policy topics. (Cultural diversity? Not so much at first, but getting better—let’s count on MinnPost to make its newfangled newsroom a much bigger tent.)
As for what I love most about MinnPost:Its snappy roundup of “must-read local stories” called “The Daily Glean” by Brian Lambert. David Brauer’s well-sourced (along with his “BrauBlog” keeping an eye on Minnesota media players. Marlys Harris and Anna Pratt on wide-ranging city issues. Pamela Espeland’s Artscape column. And in general, MinnPost’s fresh takes on Minnesota politics and its refreshingly rangy arts coverage (jazz! poetry! Cuban TV! Billy Wilder!). And its consistently strong coverage of health and science, two topics treated in trifling fashion by most outlets.
MinnPost’s daily email updates are highly recommended (tweets, too).
MinnPost publishes Monday through Friday, with a limited edition on Saturday.
MinnPost drew startup funding from some of the cities’ most creative philanthropists, including John & Sage Cowles. Its goal is to break even; contributing to that worthy goal is snap-click easy and tax-deductible to boot.
Also worth a read: publisher Joel Kramer’s interesting musings on what he learned in launching MinnPost.