Former Star Tribune publisher to launch online news site

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 27, 2007 - 8:22 PM

A former Star Tribune publisher is launching an online news site with a roster of well-known area journalists.

A former Star Tribune publisher is launching an online news site with a roster of well-known area journalists.

The site, with $1.1 million in funding, promises news and blog-like posts distributed online and via a printed newsletter distributed at high-traffic locations over the lunch hour, says the man behind the nonprofit venture, Joel Kramer. It will rely on advertising and donations, akin to Minnesota Public Radio. Kramer served as editor of the Star Tribune from 1983 until 1992 and then publisher until 1998.

The site, which is scheduled to launch later this year, will bring back to Twin Cities readers some of the bylines that have fallen off of the printed page in recent months as newspapers tightened their belts. Among contributors earning $100 per post or up to $600 for stories: former Star Tribune columnist Doug Grow and former St. Paul Pioneer Press business columnist Dave Beal.

MinnPost.com joins a slew of online news sites that hope to rewrite the Twin Cities media landscape, including Minnesota Monitor, the Twin Cities Daily Planet and a site expected from former City Pages editor Steve Perry.

"We welcome any competition if it's from people who are committed to journalism," said Nancy Barnes, the Star Tribune's top editor, adding that she doesn't view the new site as a threat. "We have our own ambitious plans for online, which we will be talking about in the coming weeks."

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