Forum Communication to buy Brainerd newspaper

Forum Communication, the company that owns the Fargo Forum and Duluth News Tribune, has purchased the Brainerd newspaper, the Dispatch. Forum has been expanding its reach into Minnesota after buying the DNT a couple years ago. Like most newspaper companies, it is known for cutting costs, striving for higher profits. It’s also known for stepping… Read More →

‘Odd’ poll suggests silent coup at NoMinn newspaper

What silent protest is going on at the Duluth News Tribune? The newspaper’s Sept. 3 online poll asks the question “Do you keep the volume on your TV or car stereo at an even or odd number?” The options include the following: Even Odd Doesn’t matter You have to log in to the DNT site… Read More →

Ira Glass brings tour to Northland this weekend

LaReesa Sandretsky scored the “public radio nerd” coup of the week by getting this Aug. 29 Duluth News Tribune interview with Ira Glass of NPR’s “This American Life.” Glass will be appearing at Big Top Chautauqua this Saturday, Aug. 31, in Bayfield, Wisconsin, the Lake Superior tourist town where the live tent radio show of… Read More →

Ex-editors dish on conditions in corporate community journalism

Business North has an exclusive story that might interest readers of Northland newspapers. The former editors of the Ashland Press in northern Wisconsin recently dished on the reasons they left the American Consolidated Media-owned paper. A taste: “It was clear to me that if I wanted a day off, I was going to have to… Read More →

You can haz Virginia Police Department

Before the internet they used to take all the stupid stuff that is on the internet and print it onto paper and then distribute this paper to readers using a vast network of 11-year-olds on bicycles. Hold up. They still do this. This is still a thing. Only now the papers are distributed in a… Read More →

Newspaper group to close Hibbing printing plant

Business North has broken the story that American Consolidated Media, owner of many small daily and weekly newspapers in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, will close its Hibbing printing and production plant. The Mesabi Daily News, Hibbing Daily Tribune, Grand Rapids Herald-Review and others will now be printed at the Duluth News Tribune‘s new printing facility… Read More →

Business North to buy Scenic Range News Forum

The Scenic Range News Forum, a weekly newspaper on the western Mesabi Iron Range, will be sold this spring to the publishers of Duluth-based Business North. Ownership of the Scenic Range News Forum will change hands in a transaction scheduled to close on April 1. Cynthia and L.L. Johnson have reached an agreement to sell… Read More →

The Saturday Evening Post is so screwed right now

Tarnations! The U.S. Postal Service is dropping Saturday home delivery in August. Now my Time Magazine won’t come until Monday, which is the same day my new e-edition of Newsweek is waiting to be downloaded on my iPad but that I usually don’t download because who has that kind of bandwidth? We have limited bandwidth!… Read More →

A great loss in Minnesota journalism

Larry Oakes, a reporter and editor for the Star Tribune, has died after a long battle with depression. Oakes was probably the best working journalist in northern Minnesota. I offer my deepest condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed. His reporting was fearless and important. As someone who’s experienced depression throughout my family,… Read More →

Newsweek previews final print edition cover

Newsweek has previewed the final cover of its print edition. It now becomes an entirely online publication called Newsweek Global, published by parent company The Daily Beast. I went to college for print journalism, graduating just a couple years before my college ended its print journalism program. The media has changed so much in such… Read More →