Media news around town: Brian Lambert, Kathy Kersten, Tim Nelson


From Brian Lambert — no longer at The Rake — to the Daily Mole critiquing Kathy Kersten to PiPress writers leaving for MPR

Media Column Slaughtered?

The Daily Mole breaks news that Brian Lambert’s media column at The Rake is no more. Lambert and “To the Slaughter” co-conspirator Deborah Rybak will be starting up a new media blog at Mpls.St.Paul sometime soon.

“They offered him more money,” said Rake publisher Tom Bartel. “I told him to take it.”

Is the departure an indicator of the magazine’s health?

“[W]e’re not doing any worse than anyone else as far as I can tell,” said Bartel.

Schooling Kersten
by Paul Schmelzer, Minnesota Monitor
The Daily Mole thinks Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten needs professional help.

So editor Steve Perry first ran a recent Kersten column through Juicy Studios’ readability tester (her writing was judged to be on a sixth-grade reading level) and then sent it to a high school English teacher in Alaska, asking her to “assign a letter grade to it, and write a summary feedback paragraph.” Said teacher wasn’t told Kersten is a professional writer, nor does she have knowledge of the columnist’s work. Her critique begins, “Your sentence structure is fine, your paragraphing works, but your argument, frankly, reeks of oversimplified blather.”

MPR Nabs PiPressers

Minnesota Public Radio seems to be beefing up its newsroom — with two new employees coming from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Today, reporter Tim Nelson emailed friends to say he’s becoming the K-12 education reporter for 91.1 FM. Last week Mike Reszler, former senior editor at the PiPress, began work as Public Radio’s managing editor for online news, taking over for Bob Collins, who’ll be writing full-time for

I’m dropping you a note to tell you that I am leaving the Pioneer Press. I will be going to work as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio as of Jan. 2. I will be the K-12 education reporter for their 91.1 news station and statewide network. It’s a move I have been weighing for some time in light of the state of the newspaper industry and my abiding interest in trying something new.

I owe what success I have enjoyed at the Pioneer Press to people like you. You have been kind, generous and patient. Both I and Pioneer Press readers have benefited greatly from that. It is not clear yet who will take my seat or what will become of the various aspects of my current duties, like City Hall Scoop.

My new contact info will be available at… in January. Tune in, and, as always, consider becoming a sustaining member by calling 1-800-227-2811 or by clicking at

I’m sure our paths will continue to cross. It’s a small town and a smaller newsroom, so I will likely be coming back to my old haunts on occasion as a fill-in. And to those among you in the education field: Watch out. Here I come.