Good afternoon. I'm ready to answer any questions on this incredibly cold day
Well, I'm still just getting started in this role but yesterday was a big moment because we introduced a new section we call Science + Health, and also added other new coverage to the Sunday paper.
We have a lot of election plans forming. First, we will polling statewide throughout the year on candidates and big issues, and soon we intend to launch a yearlong series on the high-stakes political battle for control of the state legislature. Plus we have to bring a lot in-depth coverage to the governor's race, Sen. Al Franken's re-election campaign, and the race for the open congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Forecasts are tough in this ever-changing era, in part because digital innovation has become so swift and the habits of some readers also change so quickly. But I think you will see us working more and more to make sure our coverage can be accessed well and completely on smartphones, we certainly want to make sure the Sunday print edition has a great future, and, on another note, we expect to be working from an entirely new newsroom in the next year or so.
All suggestions welcome! Actually, anything we write about this weather is very highly read, especially on our website. Today we're starting to report on whether and how the extreme cold may even be affecting the kind of businesses that typically thrive in winter.
We don't know yet exactly where we are moving, but it will be in downtown Minneapolis.
Sorry to hear that you're not happy with our sports columnists. Jim has written several different columns of Jerry Kill and the U, some critical, others laudatory. A good columnist has to express strong opinions. It's their job --- then they have to be willing take the heat from readers upset with their views.
Glad you like it, thanks. It's an important new section that we want to be filled with great things to read every Sunday. The reason we've created it is because we want to expand the range of coverage readers get beyond the usual topics of politics, crime, etc.
Social media has fast become an important way for us to connect with readers on a huge range of the subjects we cover, especially in sports. Some of our reporters have many thousands of followers on social media. We only expect those numbers to grow.
I'm no expert on that, but I believe the weight of the paper is actually the same. But our production plant has been taking steps to keep improving the quality of our printed pages, especially the ones that have color. We have added more color to the pages in the last year or so.
Even without Vonn there, yep we will have plenty to write about. There are a bunch of Minnesota athletes competing, and some apparently will be medal contenders. We have a big special section this coming Sunday previewing the Olympics and spotlighting the Minnesotans who will be there. We are sending 2 reporters and a photographer to Russia to cover the games.
In terms of space for Olympics coverage, we will have several pages each day in our Sports section devoted to it and a special package being updated every day on our website, around the clock.
Good question. It's something we're thinking about, but no firm plans yet. If we did anything like that, it would be during the fall of this year.
I appreciate this tough question --- because I agree we have to be very vigilant on this issue. Adn I think we work hard at it. Some days, we are at the mercy of what the national media chooses to cover the most, because we rely on wire services for some coverage in Washington, as almost all papers across the country do. On the Gov. Christie story, I would respectfully say that it needed intensive coverage because he is widely presumed to be a prime candidate for the presidency in 2016. I think a lot of GOP voices in the country were saying that, too. But, I agree with your point that we need to be very meticulous and mindful of showing political balance.
Thanks for this point. I think we need to look at comments --- our policies around them. We do work hard to screen them. But I agree that at times the discourse is awful. I'm thinking about that as I get started in this role.
We intend to cover the new mayor very intensively. This is a big moment of transition for Minneapolis, with much at stake about the city's future. We have 2 reporters covering City Hall full-time, Eric Roper and Maya Rao.
The new logo made its debut yesterday
Yes, as the new stadium starts to take shape, we will be doing a lot with video and with graphics to show that.
Good point. I think that very issue is being discussed among editors. We probably will include that hot topic in our polling this year.
I will keep showing him comments like these! I agree that he does a fantastic job covering the Wild.
Actually I moved here about a decade ago. I'm from New Orleans, but I really love the winter here. Most of it anyway. I still find it kind of exotic, since I never experienced anything like it growing up. I also think it's beautiful here on a sunny winter day.
I'm thinking about maybe doing an open-ended chat like this on our website once a month or so. We definitely want to hear what readers think.