Top journalistic start-ups of the 2000s

The Internet mixed up the field, and local writers took charge of the changing times.

by Kara Nesvig

In the past 10 years, Minnesota journalism has expanded more than we could have ever dreamt in 2000. The prevalence and popularity of both the Internet and blogging started a revolution amongst both journalists and regular folks. From shopping guides to aggregators, weâÄôve got it all. And rest assured thereâÄôs more to come. Here are the best publications to arise this decade: MinnPost âÄî Started in 2007 by Joel Kramer, former Star Tribune editor and publisher, MinnPost seeks to provide local news for, as their tagline reads, âÄúpeople who care about Minnesota.âÄù Its many facets, from sports to art to politics, are written by journalist luminaries like David Brauer , who pens the popular Brau Blog. Says Brauer of the reaction to MinnPost, âÄúI think the reactionâÄôs been really good. Joel has said weâÄôre not destined to take the place of the Strib or supplant them in any way; weâÄôre a complementary read or secondary read for people who care about Minnesota news.âÄù Brauer estimates that MinnPost receives between 800,000 to 1 million page views per month. Twin Cities Daily Planet âÄî Twin Cities Daily Planet was started by the Twin Cities Media Alliance to spotlight community news from a variety of sources, from regular folks to professional working journalists. Several Minnesota Daily staffers have had stories picked up by the online publication and its spectrum covers a broad range of news, from suburbs to across the globe. Culture Bully âÄî HowâÄôs this for Hollywood recognition? VH1âÄôs âÄúBest Week EverâÄù has mentioned this local music-based blog, which is the pet project of 10 writers who cover shows and album releases all around the metro. Heavy Table âÄî A foodie blog from James Norton, formerly of City Page s, Heavy Table sees local writers testing out new restaurants, visiting breweries and getting an insiderâÄôs perspective in all aspects of the local food and drink industry. The writing is delish, the photos scrumptious. Newsbobber âÄî Former PiPress-er Bob IngrassiaâÄôs aggregation Web site, Newsbobber, which culls information from all sorts of local outlets, blogs included, garnered the interest of Minnesota Public Radio, who recently hired him to create something similar for them. Though the site might not last once he starts working at MPR, he says, âÄúIt will live on in spirit with Minnesota Today at MPR. In part, Newsbobber wasnâÄôt meant to be a big stand-alone. It was nice to show off what could be done and in that sense it did its job.âÄù Ali Shops âÄî Allison Kaplan, shopping and style reporter for the PiPress, runs this comprehensive blog/shopping guide, updating her readers on sales, store openings/closings and also providing a tireless, exhaustive guide to shops in different neighborhoods and suburbs, including Wisconsin. Twin Cities Statement âÄî Though this publication is relatively new, itâÄôs worth a mention for its lush fashion spreads and emphasis on a sophisticated Twin Cities lifestyle. You can find it at the newsstand or flip through it online. Lavender âÄî The Twin CitiesâÄô GLBT magazine, Lavender, has made a big splash; itâÄôs available for free at dozens of locations around the metro and covers anything and everything related to the GLBT community, from touring Broadway productions to politics. Sound Verité âÄî Minneapolis producer Jon Jon posts a song almost every day âÄúfor sampling purposes only.âÄù In other words, free MP3s to open up your sound consciousness. And heâÄôs got an amazing ear for unique, downloadable goodness âÄî there are rare covers, like Lykke Li taking on the ShirellesâÄô âÄúWill You Still Love Me Tomorrow?,âÄù hip-hop gems and mash-ups to boot.