Monday, December 15, 2008 By Aaron Brown
For Minnesota media, this is like watching a powerful sports team accept the term "rebuilding year" but also knowing they traded all their draft picks for candy and moonshine. The Star Tribune will soldier on, as will other big newspapers, but the industry is increasingly unable to pay for expensive talent -- the kind of thing that comes from being provocative or good. The business will be filled by smart, well-meaning people who work hard for less money and without the time or resources they need to improve the newspapers they work for or deeply understand the communities they write for. They will all be fired eventually and write blogs for which they will not be paid.
But I'm all ears if you can figure a way this turns out better.