The Weekly Planet


News and Notes for Friends of the TC Daily Planet
August 3, 2006


* Plan now to attend our fall forum
* Asian American Press signs on as media partner
* KFAI radio reports now available
* Donation campaign underway
* Foreign language section launched
* Citizen-journalist training manual created
* Kudos

Plan now to attend our fall forum
TMCA’s fall forum, “Citizens and the Future of News,” is scheduled for 9:30-1:00 on Saturday, September 16, at Hamline University in St. Paul. The forum will look at the state of major mainstream news outlets, community-based news sources and emerging formats to explore how ordinary citizens are affecting the future of news. The event will feature a conversation with media critic and NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller and Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, as well as panel discussions on Citizens and the Twin Cities Mainstream Media and Citizens and Emerging News Media. More details will follow, but get this on your calendar now!

Asian American Press signs on as media partner
Asian American Press, the state’s first newspaper serving the local Asian community, has agreed to become a Daily Planet media partner. Founded in 1982 as the Asian Business & Community News, the weekly newspaper broadened its focus in 1990, when it changed its name to Asian American Press. We’re delighted to welcome the newspaper to our growing family of media partners.

KFAI radio reports now available
Thanks to the hard work of KFAI news director Ann Alquist, the Daily Planet is now able to publish news reports from her able news team. This will allow us to be more timely on breaking news as well as give our readers and listeners another way to get local news. Of course, it also helps to spread the word on the great work Ann and her news team are doing.

Donation campaign underway
You may have noticed that in our “Today in the Daily Planet” newsletters, we’ve included a fundraising pitch. And you’ve no doubt noticed the pop-up window on the Web site encouraging readers to donate to the Daily Planet. It’s all part of a new fundraising campaign designed to encourage our readers to contribute money to help us “Keep the Planet in Orbit.” We understand that this can sometimes be a bit annoying, but was ask for your patience (and donations!) as we work to stabilize our financial situation.

Foreign language section launched
Earlier this week, we launched a foreign language news section, where we’ll be featuring stories in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. We’ve just begun populating the section, so you won’t find a lot of material, but we feel that eventually this will be a great service to readers who are less comfortable with the English language.

Citizen-journalist training manual created
Global/Local editor Doug McGill has compiled a great training manual for citizen-journalists that he’s making available on his Web site ( It’s a fabulous resource for budding journalists and will certainly come in handy as we welcome more and more aspiring reporters to the Daily Planet team. Our thanks to Doug for putting this together.

We’re much obliged to Liz McLemore for her excellent coverage of the Dean Zimmermann bribery trial. Liz is struggling to keep up with the job of describing the proceedings in depth, but her first two reports provided much more detail than other local newspaper reports. . . . Thanks also to Ken Avidor for his courtroom drawings that have accompanied Liz’s dispatches. . . . Because they don’t yet have their Web site up and running, we often don’t get to see their work as regularly as we would like, but Kerry Ashmore and his team at The Northeaster and North News never fail to fill up our pages with great reporting on that part of town. We’ve been impressed this past couple of weeks with the depth and breadth of the work these folks are generating. . . . And many thanks to videographer extraordinaire Chuck Olson, who this week took some time out of his busy schedule to stop by the Daily Planet offices and school us on the technical intricacies of vlogging. As always, we’re indebted to all of you who have helped push this project forward.

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