The Minneapolis Star Tribune turns 150 later this month. In honor of that milestone, a Minneapolis brewery made a pale ale in the newsroom's honor. In a press release, Fulton Brewing Company's head brewer, Mike Salo, explains how the beer was made. (And he just might have a future in writing if the whole beer thing falls through.)
A few months ago, staff at The Minneapolis Star Tribune did something journalists don't always have the time to do: think way ahead.
One year in advance, staff photographers shot images of the Minnesota winter for next winter's StarTribune Magazine. The quarterly magazine debuted Sunday, marking a new product for a newsroom that's worked hard over the last year to become more digital.
Mary Tyler Moore wasn't born in Minnesota. She never lived there. But the determined young journalist she played for seven years in the 70s did. So on Wednesday, when news of her death broke, The Minneapolis Star Tribune was ready with the story.
In the hours between first hearing news that Moore, 80, was gravely ill and then that the award-winning actress had died, the Star Tribune polished up a pre-written obituary and planned to cover her death for print and digital.
This year, I visited six newsrooms. Some had low-ceilinged cubicle mazes with coffee-stained carpets and newsprint towers. Some had quote-covered glass meeting spaces and slick, quiet rooms.
At all of them, I found local legacy newsrooms, or "old media" as they're often called, doing the work of digital journalism. In one case, the print product was an afterthought. In another, it had been rethought. At all of them, I found newsrooms that were both significantly smaller than they'd once been and significantly more digital.
— ComScore data indicates users spend 60 percent of their digital media time with mobile platforms, up from 50 percent last year. And "time spent on mobile apps is higher than any other digital medium, coming in at 51 percent," CNET's Dara Kerrwrites.