CNN establishing quasi-bureau in Minneapolis UPDATED

CNN announced yesterday that it's putting journalists in 10 more American cities, including Minneapolis.

But they're going to do it on the cheap. Rather than pay rent, they're going to borrow the resources of local newsgathering operations:

At CNN, the new “all-platform journalists,” as the network calls them, will frequently file for and the network’s other outlets. In Minneapolis, that person will work from a local TV affiliate that has a partnership with CNN. In other cities, the journalists may work at newspaper offices or other locations.

Next time I'm in Atlanta, maybe I'll stop by CNN headquarters and see if they mind if I crash on their couch.

UPDATE: Jason DeRusha has the details on Jason's DeBlog:

UPDATE 4:04pm: A source tells me the CNN bureau is inside KARE's Golden Valley building. The bureau is described as "the kid one year out of school who has to shoot and produce his own stories." But I'm told he's a nice guy.

UPDATE 8/13/08: Neal Justin puts a name to the operation. Chris Welch is the All-platform journalist. Welcome to town, Chris.

Meet Chris Welch

, our laison to CNN:

Chris Welch is CNN's 2008 campaign producer based in Des Moines, Iowa. A recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied journalism and political science, Chris has worked as an intern with NBC News Specials in New York and as a reporter at CNN affiliate KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa. He also wrote for's college series, CNNU. In addition to his work in the field, Chris was also the winner of the 2006 William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards' national television broadcast news competition, and has received top prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists for his videography. Chris was named a Top Ten Scholar by the Scripps Howard Foundation.

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