Good Tuesday morning Dear Friends of the Big Q,
I apologize for the delay in updating you on the future of the Big Question and the humble ink-stained wretch who has blogged his brains out on it since 2005. I wanted to respect the right of my long-time employer, the Star Tribune, and of my new employer, the Center for Independent Media, to announce the change in their own way.
As has been reported elsewhere, I am leaving the Star Tribune, effective June 15 and will shortly assume new duties with my own blog (name and url To Be Determined), with the Minnesota Monitor, and with other news sites associated with the Center for Independent Media.
I have accepted a buyout offered by the Strib. I have not been forced out. In fact, the Strib management wanted me to stay and keep blogging, despite the aforementioned problem of the brains being blogged out. But, within the exigencies of the current downsizing, they made it better worth my while to go (and keep blogging).
I have worked for the Minneapolis Tribune/Minneapolis Star and Tribune/Star Tribune (newspaper of the Twin cities) since 1977. Perhaps 30 years is long enough for any one gig. I am proud of some of the nine gazillion words I have typed during those years and grateful to those who have perused those words and occasionally felt informed by them. Thanks for the gift of your time, your attention and –especially since I started blogging — your participation in the discussion of many questions, big and small.
The Strib will continue to publish, online and on paper. I wish my many esteemed colleagues well as they face the challenging future of newspapering. Special thanks to esteemed colleague D.J. Tice, who joined me recently as co-Big Questioner. I regret to inform those who speculated otherwise that Tice’s recent absence from the blog had everything to do with being swamped by his day job, which included overseeing the coverage of the legislative session, and nothing to do with anything else.
Managing Editor Scott Gillespie told me Monday that the management expects to continue the Big Question, but is still sorting through how to do that without yr. obdt. ink-stained.
I am excited about my new venture. The Center for Independent Media is a Wasington-based non-profit that operates the MNMON, the Colorado Confidential and the new Iowa Independent. CIM plans to add more state-based sites and is develoing other ideas for testing the frontiers of online news and analysis. It would be poor form to abuse the tolerance of my long-time employer with any more gush about my plans…
Except for this: I’m on the Strib payroll for two more weeks, and will try, between Sisyphean hours of desk-cleaning, to find something blogworthy to post here. So, as you see, all this sentimental eyewash is quite premature.