when i saw the City Pages: The Next Battle in the Newspaper Wars, i made a mental note to go back and read the story. i am fascinated by the newspaper wars, and the fact that the twin cities are still a two paper town. of course, this fascination make perfect sense, since i’m the nerdgirl who remembers when the minneapolis star merged with the minneapolis tribune. but, since i have a crush and i need to spend time daydreaming, i promptly forgot about the article.
until, this morning. while driving in this morning, KS95 had Kirk Anderson on. apparently knight-ridder saw fit to oust kirk because the 18-25% profit margin just wasn’t quite enough for the shareholders. apparently having a local editorial cartoonist isn’t important to the hometown paper. it all sickens me. i am OUTRAGED that the Pi-Press let him go. i’ve loved kirk since he was drawing for the onion way back in the day before the onion was a dotcom phenom.
it just saddens me that the newspaper business has become more business and less newspaper. and it makes me a little happy that i got before my soul was completely destroyed.