1. _9.0 average___ On a scale of (0), not important, to (5), neutral,
to (10), very
important, what is your feeling about the need for substantially
coverage of public affairs information in the Twin Cities area and
2. _8.1 average___ On a scale of (0), most unlikely, to (5), neutral,
to (10), most
likely, what is the likelihood that people increasingly will be
turning to the
internet for better news and information?
3.__6.5 average___On a scale of (0), most undesirable, to (5),
neutral, to (10), most
desirable, how do you feel about new media outlets being non-profit
4. _25 median____ Approximately how many times a month do you go
online to a
Minnesota-based website (e.g. MinnPost, Star Tribune, MPR,
Daily Planet, KSTP-TV) for news?
John Farrell (10) (10) (10) (60)
Joe Mansky (10) (10) (5) (every day)
John Finnegan (10) (5) (8) (25)
I only use the internet for additional information. I still get most
of my news from the daily newspaper.
Don Fraser (9) (6) (7) (20-25)
Bright Dornblaser (10) (8) (10 (4)
Alan Miller (5) (4) (8) (30 or more)
Bob Brown (10) (5) (5) (5-10)
As to question 2 I think that many will be turning more to the
internet for news, but I don't think it will be better information and
it could be worse since there doesn't seem to be any quality control
on the internet.
Lance Olson (10) (10) (5) (200)
Scott Halstead (10) (10) (10) (1)
Ann Berget (10) (6) (9) (30+)
David Hutcheson (9) (10) (9) (45)
A week or so ago, I listened to a panel discussion by Al Eisele,
retired editor of The Hill,
Kitty Eisele, producer of the NPR morning show, Nick Coleman, Star
Tribune columnist, and Nick Hayes, professor at St John's and MPR
contributor, on this very subject. The contrast in optimism and work
satisfaction between public radio (high) and commercial newspaper
(low) could not have been more stark. Joel Kramer mentions a figure of
15 to 20 percent of the public who want serious news coverage. That
seems a fair estimate. I believe that what has happened in the past
several years is that the business side of for-profit news
organizations has become more and more sophisticated in measuring
relationships between content and end outcomes of advertising, and
have gradually moved to aim content at the readers/listeners/viewers
who are most likely to actually have their purchases be influenced by
advertising. In other words, the more the
potential news consumer tends to be a critical thinker, the less
desirable he/she is as a consumer; and the art of making these
evaluations and acting on them is becoming progressively more highly
developed. I think the philanthropic support model is the logical way
to go; I think Joel Kramer is exactly right to pursue it; and shame on
MPR for withholding reasonable support.
Lyall Schwarzkopf (8) (6) (5) (0)
John Rollwagen (10) (10 (5) (20-30)
It does appear that the non-profit model produces the least biased
Paul and Ruth Hauge (9) (7) (5) (4)
Eric Schubert (10) (12) (10) (60)
1. Very Important. Too much important stuff is happening to go
backwards. Also, so many special interests have budgets to be "their
own media" and slant information; need a view that's not bought and
paid for by special interest or front group money.
2. That train left the station a long time ago.
3. I'd love it. I like the non-profit model of the St. Petersburg
Clarence Shallbetter (9) (4) (5) (4)
The internet may provide specialists or those trying to keep up with
news in their field with specific information but there is a question
about how much it can or will be used to inform and educate the
general public. How many browse the internet to be informed citizens?
People are just as likely to skip the news if the primary source for
news is the internet. It would be interesting to learn what portion of
the internet "newspaper" people tend to read and how much time they
spend reading it. How does this compare with reading the newspaper?
Wayne Jennings (8) (7) (8) (2)
Pam Ellison (10) (10) (10) (10-50)
Keith Swensen (10) (10) (0) (10)
Dennis Johnson (5) (9) (0) (0)
Will give it a try, mainly to see if it is truly free of bias, or just
another liberal-slant site. Polls show that about 90 per cent of all
journalists are liberals, therefore the odds of an even-handed paper
are very slim. Also, if it is fulfilling a real need, it should not
have to be non-profit and should not require a subsidy, certainly not
a public subsidy.
Chuck Slocum (10) (10) (5) (daily and
with multiple sources (4-8) of online info)
Bob White (10) (8) (9) (5)
Biggest disappointment lately is the end of ties between MinnPost and
Tim McDonald (10) (10) (5) (every day)
Something else Grogan has mentioned is the influence the Boston Globe
has had on pushing public affairs issues in that city--due in large
part to the depth and consistency of its coverage. This new online,
freelance format may offer a reinvention of that model which has been
on the decline.
Elaine Voss (10) (8.5) (___) (20)
Gary Clements (8) (5) (9) (7)
It seems to me there is a really mixed advantage to online news. I can
read the local Minnesota paper when I am here in Arizona, and keep up
with area news I want. But my experience with online sources so far is
that they are not nearly as browse-able in a friendly way as is a
newspaper, so most of my use is very targeted, where with a newspaper,
I get broader information, can pick and choose what I want to read
completely more easily, and I can carry it into the other room, set it
down for a phone call, and it doesn't turn off. I hope we truly aren't
seeing the demise of the paper in print.
Peter Hennessey (10) (1.5) (0) (___)
1. 10. Yes it would be a major change if we got NEWS instead of sleaze
and biased opinions.
2. 1 or 2 (very low). The internet is great at letting you hyper focus
on items of interest to you, but you have to really work it to get
better coverage of news than you get in the traditional media. It is
still much, much faster to scan a newspaper in printed form than on a
computer screen, and thereby get a much better sense for all total
news, but I guess I am old-fashioned.
3. ZERO. What is wrong with profit and how is that relevant? If the
service cannot pay for itself, then it must feed off some other
profit-making enterprise, i.e., it is a parasite. People engaged in
the news business are not, cannot see themselves as, and cannot behave
as parasites, but must see themselves as legitimate businessmen who
are bringing to the market a product that is perceived to be valuable
enough so people will gladly pay for it. In the media the most
immediate source or revenue is advertising, which is based on
circulation volume or ratings (which is why it is such a sore point
with "liberals" that they are such total failures in radio, losing
viewer ship in TV, and losing circulation in print media). Yet people
are also willing to pay subscriptions fees for magazines and other
media (such as print or on-line newsletters).
4. Of course I never go on-line specifically for MN-only news. Wow!
You got a website called the Daily Planet?
David Broden (10) (10) (6) (30-plus)
There is a clear and definite need to add depth of understanding of
public affairs in the Twin Cities and of Minnesota. Recent coverage in
the media is very shallow--shows a lack of understanding of the
leadership Minnesota has had in public affairs across the nation in
both governmental issues and in public/private activities. This seems
to relate to lack of basic understanding and perhaps a sense that the
public only want to hear the bottom line without understanding and
having the opportunity to impact the issue. We in Minnesota will
engage if we have the info.
As I meet with friends and business associates locally and across the
nation the topic rapidly flows to what we have read ---we all seem to
refer to what we read on line on some paper or blog, podcast
etc--comment are frequently that "I will go on line when I get home
and check that out." If in a coffee shop with a laptop it happens in
--that real time link is one of the real hooks.
Moving to non-profits is fine and may be the best way to maintain
quality. I just would like the decision to be made by the users --let
the market decide. I will use and refer to non-profits
It has become a daily and sometimes multiple times per day event.
Ward Ring (10) (10) (5) (10)
Jim Weaver (5) (10) (5) (10)
Malcolm McDonald (10) (10) (10) (daily)
(5) (8) (7) (1)