How I Like My News

Just putting down a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats — generic store brand, I mean — when I stumbled upon a pair of interesting articles:

  • National Public Radio (NPR) has set a new record for most listeners. I didn’t convert to NPR until a few months ago, but I’ve become a big fan of programs like “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.” It’s the only station you can listen to anymore than makes you feel smarter having done so. Really good stuff.
  • Tim Krohn, a columnist for the Mankato Free Press, wrote an op=ed bemoaning the transformation of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which just last week went exclusively online. Krohn seems utterly detached from what’s actually going on in the world of journalism, or at least close-minded to its possibilities. Not that I can blame him, though. I wrote for the Mankato Free Press a few years back and I was shocked by how far behind its technology lagged. They were working on the original iMac (released in 1998). I was using Netscape(!!!) to get on the Internet. The Mankato Free Press maintains a highly limited Web site that not long ago chose to do away with message boards because content was becoming “too racy.” Bottom line: It’s survival of the fittest, Mr. Krohn. You can stay in black-and-white or you can work your way toward high-definition. Evolve or fall into the waste pile.
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3 thoughts on “How I Like My News

  1. I had Krohn teach a class…I don’t recall which one…but I remember loving his porn-stache. It seems to have turned into a pornless-goatee now.

    Forget the death of print news…the death of that ‘stache is the real tragedy.

  2. If you think the Free Press equipment was outdated, you should stop by the New Ulm Journal sometime. Their sportswriters and news writers work mostly on computers that I think were from the early to mid 90s.

  3. The Mankato Free Press started it’s Web site in 1994. It looks like little on it has changed. I’m not saying anyone on the current staff is responsible for putting the paper online, but my attitude toward them – and newspapers, in general – is if you fear this revolution, why did you put your foot in the door in the first place?

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