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MinnPost.com
MinnPost.com logo in American Typewriter maroon on gold
Type Non-profit newspaper
Format Web
Publisher Joel Kramer
Editor Roger Buoen (executive editor), Susan Albright (managing editor), Corey Anderson (web editor), Tom Nehil (news editor), Kaeti Hinck (news technology director).
Staff writers Eric Black (Eric Black Ink), Briana Bierschbach, Devin Henry (Washington correspondent), Beth Hawkins
Founded 2007
Political alignment Nonpartisan
Headquarters Minneapolis, Minnesota  United States
Official website MinnPost.com

MinnPost is a non-profit online newspaper in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a focus on Minnesota news.[1]

According to its website, "MinnPost.com provides news and analysis Monday through Friday, based on reporting by professional journalists, most of whom have decades of experience in the Twin Cities media. The site features video and audio as well as written stories. It also includes commentary pieces from the community, and comments from readers on individual stories." The site does not endorse candidates for office or publish unsigned editorials representing an institutional position. They encourage broad-ranging, civil discussion from many points of view, subject to the discretion of a moderator.

MinnPost's initial funding of $850,000 came from four families: John and Sage Cowles, Lee Lynch and Terry Saario, Joel and Laurie Kramer, and David and Vicki Cox.

Major foundation support has come from the Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, Bush Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Martin and Brown Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Pohlad Family Foundation, and The Saint Paul Foundation.[2]

In March 2014 MinnPost announced that, thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, MinnPost and online news site Voice of San Diego "will engage in a two-stage process over the next two-plus years: First, to develop systems and adopt best practices that manage member information and facilitate significant membership growth. And second, to test out and then adopt new products, services and experiences for members that will make thousands more readers want to be members rather than non-paying readers. Each organization will receive $600,000 over the next two years."[3]

The CEO and Editor of MinnPost is Joel Kramer, former editor and then publisher of Star Tribune.

Board of Directors: Lee Lynch, President; John Satorius, Secretary; Jennifer Martin, Treasurer; Carla Blumberg, Lauren Collins, Fran Davis, Jack Dempsey, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Jill Field, Kathleen Hansen, Vernae Hasbargen, Kim Kieves, Joel Kramer, Kathy Longo, Jane Mauer, Bill McKinney, Dan Oberdorfer, Kandace Olsen, Jeremy Edes Pierotti, Mark Richardson, Jeff Ross, Gordon Rudd, Sally Schiff, Rebecca Shavlik, Zack Stephenson, Kari Swan, John Tieszen. Emeritus: David Cox.

Advisory Council: Terri Barreiro, Peter Bell, Wendy Blackshaw, Laura Bloomberg, Scott Burns, Jay Cowles, Toby Dayton, Nancy Feldman, Samuel Heins, Sue Herridge, Marlene Kayser, Tom Kayser, Lars Leafblad, Glenn Miller, David Moore Jr., Beth Parkhill, Mary Pickard, David Plimpton, Susan Plimpton, Kim Snyder, Missy Staples Thompson, Chris Widdess.

Content and format[edit]

Content is "politics, government, science, health, culture" and not so much crime, sports and celebrity news. The non-profit model was estimated to save MinnPost about 15% of a traditional newspaper's outlays.[4]

The format takes its shape from online newspapers. At first, MinnPost published a print version of about eight pages at the lunch hour to high traffic locations.[5] The print on demand model and print version was discontinued during the newspaper's first year.[6]

Online news in the metropolitan area[edit]

The organization is part of a much-discussed trend away from print toward online media. Quoted by Minnesota Public Radio News, Laurie Schwab, executive director of the Online News Association, said in June 2007, 45 percent of the association's 1,100 members "started working at print publications and migrated online".[7]

Personnel[edit]

News staff include Joel Kramer (CEO and editor), Roger Buoen (executive editor), Susan Albright (managing editor),Corey Anderson (Web editor), Kaeti Hinck (news technology director), Tom Nehil (news editor), and about 25 journalists.[8] According to Editor & Publisher, opinion pieces are signed and nonpartisan.[1] Several of the editors previously worked for the Star Tribune, MediaNews Group's St. Paul Pioneer Press or Village Voice Media's City Pages. Staff members also come from Minnesota Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Hartford Courant and Congressional Quarterly.[9]

Kramer was a Star Tribune editor (1980s), publisher (1992–1998) and president (1990s).[8]</ref>

MinnPost is one of three news organizations from Minnesota with a bureau in Washington, D.C. (along with Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune). The Washington correspondent and bureau chief is Devin Henry.

Writers[edit]

Funding[edit]

Kramer raised US $1.1 million.[8] Members of four local families including Cowles and Kramer originally contributed US $850,000.[10] The Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida initially donated US$250,000[11] and in 2008 subsequently granted additional funds to expand local reporting.[12]

Major foundation support has come from the Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, Bush Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Martin and Brown Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Pohlad Family Foundation, and The Saint Paul Foundation.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Former 'Star Tribune' Publisher Launches Major Site for Twin Cities". Editor & Publisher (The Nielsen Company). 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://www.minnpost.com/about
  3. ^ http://www.minnpost.com/inside-minnpost/2014/03/minnpost-and-vosd-launch-joint-knight-funded-project-build-membership-and-su
  4. ^ Edmonds, Rick (2007-08-30). "Old Media Meets New In Minnesota". Poytner Online (The Poynter Institute). Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ McKinney, Matt (2007-08-27). "Internet-based daily news site to launch this year, afternoon version was retitled and cut to "Former Star Tribune publisher to launch online news site" by 8:22 p.m.". Star Tribune (Avista Capital Partners). Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  6. ^ Kramer, Joel. "Note to readers: MinnPost.com expands coverage". MinnPost. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  7. ^ Baxter, Annie (2007-06-06). "Newspaper cuts show increasing power of online alternatives". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  8. ^ a b c "INTERNET-BASED DAILY NEWS ENTERPRISE TO BE LAUNCHED THIS YEAR" (Press release). MinnPost.com. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  9. ^ Saba, Jennifer (2007-09-05). "MinnPost, New Online Venture, Ready to Crash Twin Cities Media Scene". Editor & Publisher (The Nielsen Company). Retrieved 2007-09-06. [dead link]
  10. ^ Wyant, Carissa (2007-08-27). "Cowles, Lynch back Web daily venture". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal (American City Business Journals, Inc.). Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  11. ^ "MinnPost.com to Launch Later This Year With Partial Funding from Knight Foundation" (Press release). Knight Foundation. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  12. ^ "MinnPost.com". Knight Foundation. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • MinnPost.com
  • Nieman Journalism Lab. "MinnPost". Encyclo: an encyclopedia of the future of news. Retrieved 1 April 2012.