The right question
January 13, 2003 9:46 AM   Subscribe

Less advertising, more national and international news. Star Tribune editor Anders Gyllenhaal writes, "How can we improve coverage in big and small ways?"
posted by zedzebedia (10 comments total)
This seems to be a good sign.

While the front page naturally includes the top stories of the day from every desk, the bulk of the foreign and national news ends up scattered inside the A section, where it's difficult to present in an orderly and comprehensive way.

My only question is if this ends up being a net reduction in the amount of national/international news being presented. Doesn't quite sound like it, though. Any S-T readers out there? Is it more news, or just the same amount grouped together in one convenient place?

Gyllenhaal is one of the good ones, actually. He did a reasonably good job at the Raleigh News and Observer a few years ago, and I was wondering where he'd turn up. He's always seemed interested in issues of quality and been responsive to readers' comments.
posted by Vidiot at 10:02 AM on January 13, 2003

He doesn't say "less advertising" except on that particular page. No way would they decide to just publish less advertising and more news.
posted by beagle at 10:25 AM on January 13, 2003

ANYTHING would be an improvement for the Star Tribune. That is one of the worst newspapers I have ever read. There is far more advertising in that paper than news and their story selection is horrible. I can't stand to read it and unfortunately I am outside the delivery route of its competition, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which is a fantastic newspaper.

The way I understood it is that the Star Trib will be adding MORE news, not just reshuffling what they have.

Makes no difference to me. I'll never subscribe to the paper.
posted by MrAnonymous at 10:48 AM on January 13, 2003

So, an anonymous (BTW, can you tell me, from the linked page, which city this is published in?) publication Stateside decides to rearrange it's deckchairs, to prevent it's circulation/ad income from sliding neath the ocean blue.

Meanwhile, serious news remains hard to find in the US - according to this report in the quasi-Marxist Britrag 'The Guardian' - outside of the WaPo & NYT. Especially hard to find is news not generated by the Administration itself, and International news which may inform the US readership of alternative viewpoints (by which I don't mean IndyMedia/Dem.Underground: I mean stuff not spoonfed by Ari & Karl, who are - as we speak - still rubbing their hands with glee at the continued loss of oppostion, independence and simple guts which used to be the hallmark of US print media.) I mean, where is the Liberal Media Elite when you really need 'em?

Film at 11? Who gives a sh*t anymore?
posted by dash_slot- at 11:32 AM on January 13, 2003

Since nobody's mentioned it, the Star Tribune is published in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I, for one, only read the NYTimes, and rely on public radio for local news.
posted by Utilitaritron at 11:43 AM on January 13, 2003

I don't want to sound whiny, but the NY Times is pretty bad; it still has a lot of ads in it, although some of the subsections are OK. NPR is in my opinion even worse, and since 9-11 has been kissing the government's butt in areas of foreign policy, especially in the 'war on terrorism' (tm) and the middle east. It is unprofessional, inane, has foreign correspondents who possess no analytical insight into the countries they happen to be in, and includes presenters' personal opinions at length, as well as poems on cats or autumn leaves by relatives of various NPR staffers, etc. It's garbage. Sorry - just had to get that off my chest.
posted by carter at 11:59 AM on January 13, 2003

I don't want to sound whiny, but the NY Times is pretty bad...

You sound like someone with limited experience in the world.

NPR is in my opinion even worse...

Double what I said before.
posted by Mo Nickels at 12:45 PM on January 13, 2003

Too many Americans do rely on only one or a few sources of news and opinion, including NPR, as parodied here.
posted by beagle at 1:00 PM on January 13, 2003

You're right, beagle: "Less advertising, more national and international news" isn't strictly an accurate assessment of what the Star Tribune is doing.

"A new newsworthy section without ads" would be a better way to put it.
posted by zedzebedia at 1:38 PM on January 13, 2003

Star Tribune editor Anders Gyllenhaal writes, "How can we improve coverage in big and small ways?"

My favorite Gyllenhaal
posted by matteo at 7:14 PM on January 13, 2003

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