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Archive for August, 2007

Can Joel Kramer’s Caring Spirit Save Quality Journalism?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Okay, I lived in Minnesota for 18 years and I am used to Minnesota generosity, the caring spirit, but what Joel Kramer, former editor and publisher of the Star Tribune, is doing is quite extraordinary. He is donating his time, talent and money in the hopes of ensuring that quality journalism thrives in Minnesota via MinnPost, an Internet based [...]

Kramer Raises $1.1 Million for MinnPost

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Joel Kramer, former publisher of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, says he has raised $1.1 million, part of it Knight Foundation money, to start the online MinnPost. I will be trying to get an interview with him after the initial wave of interviews passes. Here is a New York Times story, and below is the entire [...]

Rasmussen: Just 14% Get News from Print

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

 I received a comment from Jill Miller Zimon of Writes Like She Talks  explaining how the Plain Dealer was working to make a deal with four bloggers to join their website. That led me to a Rasmussen Reports phone survey that found: 
Print newspapers are considered the best source for many senior citizens but hardly anybody else. Radio [...]

Will $100 Computer Revolutionize Education?

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Since the beginning I have been intrigued by the $100 laptop which soon will be distributed to poor children worldwide.  This is not a mere toy, it could revolutionize education and computing.  After reading Jim Rapoza’s review at, I thought so often we talk about how war spawns new technologies, but in this case MIT’s peaceful [...]

Representative Journalism: Making It Work

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Let’s say our Representative Journalism was a community of people interested in the economic opportunity and development reporter in a relatively economically depressed area. We estimate the total cost for that reporter including salary, benefits, editing support and newsroom overhead costs will be approximately $100,000 a year. To pay for it, the network weaver, [...]