Tubular Local News Media

Hey Twin Cities internet, I have a question for you.

We’re all hip, right? We know that TV is so 20th century, and that paper is sooooooo 19th century. We get our news from the internet!

And it’s incredibly easy to get local news from the internet. We have MinnPost, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minnesota Public Radio’s eminently useable (and entertaining) website, lots of newspaper websites (some better than others), and a plethora of blogs (hey! You’re at one now!).

My favorite is MinnPost.

MinnPost is, basically, like if you took all the best journalists from all the best news outlets in Minnesota and had them write stories—but instead of writing for profit, they wrote for the sake of good journalism and informing the public. Because, after all, MinnPost is a nonprofit organization. (And, in case you think I am wishy-washy about where I throw my love and devotion, the journalistic integrity and interesting subject matter of the stories have even eclipsed the incredibly valid hatred I had for MinnPost for a while.)

But, there is no God without a Devil, there is no Good without Evil, there is no Love without Hate, and therefore there is no MinnPost without the Pioneer Press.

Seriously. I hate the Pioneer Press’ website. Decent paper, good editorials, all that. Fine. But have you tried using their website? It’s impossible to find anything… that is, if you can even get it to load in the first place.

So I’m wondering: what’s your favorite local internet news source?

5 Comments so far

  1. David (jacc) on June 20th, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

    That’s funny, I was just thinking yesterday how rarely I read the Pioneer Press. I use to give it a perusal atleast once a day, but lately check it about once a week.

    My favorite news source? My imagination, I like to make things up.


  2. greg on June 20th, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

    Twitter is my #1, primary news source for both breaking news, local happenings and random minutiae only interesting to me and the 589 people whom I follow.


  3. derushaj on June 22nd, 2008 @ 8:52 am

    My only MinnPost complaint is the registration process to comment. I’ve never been able to register– despite numerous efforts. The writing is great, and the stories have really improved. The media and political coverage is awesome, and the arts coverage can occasionally delight.


  4. Erica M (ericam) on June 22nd, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

    I really enjoy MinnPost (in spite of myself). Mainly because it’s well-written. It’s actually enjoyable to read. And isn’t filled up with the utter crap and syndicated b.s. they use to fluff up the dailies.

    I really enjoy TC Daily Planet because they make it SO much easier to consume the neighborhood papers and ethnic media.

    Of the neighborhood papers, Downtown Journal and Southwest Journal are my faves.


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