Q: What sets the Strib apart from the following news websites?

class=img_thumbleft>CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NY Times, LA Times, WashPost, St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Des Moines Register, Duluth Herald-Tribune, Grand Forks Herald, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, Iowa City Press-Citizen, Sioux Falls Argus-Leader, Rapid City (SD) Journal, Kenosha (WI) News, Yankton (SD) Daily Press & Dakotan.

A: Unlike the Star Tribune, they were all (as of noon today) featuring homepage links to the bin Laden audiotape story that broke this morning.

"World news"? What world do you mean, exactly? Meanwhile, though, the local paper of record has a swell, and prominently featured, primer on starting your own blog. Click the pic above. Or read CJ's piece about Ted Canova. Already read it in the six months or so it's been posted to's front page? Read it again.

One Stribber told us recently that disgruntled newsies at the paper had compiled a list of some of the more egregious miscues and omissions of the paper's redesigned website to present to management. Obviously it's made a big difference. (My favorite New Strib snafu: On the morning after the last Vikings game of the season, coach Mike Tice's firing was the top story of the day--but nowhere among the site's page-one Vikes links was there any reference to whether the team won or lost its last game of the season.)