You may have heard that newspaper are dying, but the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations report shows that for the time being at least, the Twin Cities' major dailies are still alive and kickin'. The report shows that total circulation for both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, including digital v ... More >>
Trials and StribulationsPar Ridder moves on.Par Ridder has a new gig: Billboards. Clear Channel Outdoor has announced that the disgraced former Star Tribune publisher, Pioneer Press traitor and "proven manager and strategic thinker" has joined the company's Chicago office as a branch preside ... More >>
When will Wall Street decide to bail on the Strib?The Star Tribune is among the papers featured in an intriguing look at the potential for hedge funds to further disrupt the already fragile business model of local daily newspapers.The article spotlights Angelo, Gordon, & Co., a hedge fund tha ... More >>
We'll see if any of this impacts the Pioneer Press newsroom in the long run.
He brings with him two decades of media business experience at Time, Inc., as well as a more recent specialty: media mergers and acquisitions.
Can Target save the Tribune Company? Not really, but they'll likely be giving the struggling media giant a little boost when they open their two-day Target "pop-up" store in the ground level of their building this week.
The company that owns the Pioneer Press, MediaNews, had floated the idea of outsourcing copy desks and other parts of the t ... More >>
Will the federal government bailout media the way it's considering bailing out the auto industry?
The front pages for both Twin Cities dailies today are... eerily similar.
Would a newspaper copy desk in India know that it's Xcel Energy Center, not Excel? Or would they notice that Michele Bachman ... More >>
Bored with words? Like to look at graphs instead? Still want to follow the burgeoning newspaper financial crisis? Longtime journalist and current CEO Alan Mutter has created a handy tool just for you.
That's how much MediaNews recouped in legal costs from its lawsuit against the Star Tribune and its since deposed turncoat publisher Par Ridder. That revelation is contained in the newspaper chain's More layoffs at the Star Tribune
The bloodletting continues on Portland Avenue. The latest news is that up to seven employees in the newspaper's photo department will be let go. The impacted employees work in the "gray room" processing photos
The Star Tribune's circulation numbers took a precipitous tumble in the six months ending September 30, according to numbers released today by the Audit Bureau of Circulation.
Negotiations between Pioneer Press newsroom employees and parent-company MediaNews Group on a new labor contract have made little progress. The union's five-year contract expired at the end of July. The Denver-based newspaper chain is seeking a slew of conce ... More >>
The coverage of the bridge collapse by the daily papers, particularly the Star Tribune, has been terrific. It's a prime example of why we need first-rate, adequately staffed daily newspapers. But some of the attempts to raise the import of the event have gotten a little out of hand.
City Pages received a missive this afternoon from a Star Tribune employee suggesting that another round of belt tightening is imminent at the state's largest daily newspaper. I certainly can't vouch for the veracity of its claims, but given Is this the end of the daily newspaper?
Staffs gutted. Secrets stolen. A traitorous publisher forced to defend his actions in court. The future has never looked bleaker for the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.
The Pioneer Press accuses turncoat publisher Par Ridder of stealing company property and poaching top employees.
The online magazine Slate today lays out a fascinating case for why the about-to-be-closed sale of the Star Tribune and the trend it caps may actually be good news for journalism. Not good immediate news for anyone drawing a paycheck over on Portland Avenue, but good news for the Fourth Estate As We ... More >>
McClatchy's chief dealmaker makes a tidy bonus McClatchy Co. will pay Chief Executive Gary Pruitt a bonus of $950,000 for 2006, bringing his total compensation package to $2.5 million, the Associated Press
"You'll be happy after the closing. You will barely know it happens." Thus spoke Dean Singleton, CEO of the MediaNews Group, when he met with employees of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on April 27. At the time, Singleton had just emerged as the most likely buyer of the Pi Press, which was left orphaned ... More >>
Advertising production workers at the Star Tribune voted to unionize yesterday. The tally was 18-12 in favor of joining the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1-M.
Bucking industry trends, the Pioneer Press is reporting that daily circulation is up 2 percent, or 3,730 copies, in its most recent filing with the Audit Bureau of Circulation. Sunday circulation is up as well, by 1.6 percent, or 4,070 additional copies. The filing covers a 26-weeek period that en ... More >>
McClatchy will subsequently sell 12 of the 32 Knight Ridder papers it is acquiring in the $4.5 billion deal, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Way back in November, when news first broke of a shareholder revolt at Knight Ridder, the Star Tribune rather forcefully poo-poohed the possibility that the Strib's parent company, McClatchy, might make a bid for the faltering newspaper chain. In the Twin Cities market, this was a matter of no trifl ... More >>
On Saturday, the Star Tribune posted a curious story about the uncertain future of its main rival, the St. Paul Pioneer Press. As noted in this space previously, speculation about the Pi Press is fully warranted, given the shareholder revolt at Knight Ridder.
According to new documents obtained by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, "The nation's two largest alternative newspaper publishers have been in intense negotiations over a merger that would create an 18-paper chain controlled to a significant extent by venture capitalists." Click above for the articl ... More >>
The grim reaper visits the St. Paul Pioneer Press
The National Writers Union won a landmark decision on behalf of freelancers. Or did it?
The Strib's corporate parent says nothing but good things will happen when they sell the paper. Where have we heard this before?