The Weekly Planet


News and Notes for Friends of the TC Daily Planet
September 21, 2006


* Fall forum features lively debate
* Daily Planet wins national award
* Radio and TV programs in the works
* Weekly arts preview
* Wanted: St. Paul City Hall reporter

Fall forum features lively debate
Saturday’s forum on “Citizens and the Future of News” attracted about 100 people to the Sundin Center at Hamline University in St. Paul, where they spent the morning engaged in a lively discussion about the state of the news media and the role of citizens in shaping it. You can keep the conversation going by visiting and submitting your own comments on the topic.

Our thanks to Daily Planet operations manager Becky Clawson, who coordinated the event and to all those volunteers who helped make it happen.

Daily Planet wins national award
The Daily Planet nabbed the “wild card” award at Monday’s ceremony honoring the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Managing editor Craig Cox was on hand to talk about the Daily Planet’s mission and to accept the award on behalf of the Twin Cities Media Alliance board of directors. The Daily Planet was one of seven recipients of the national award this year. The award and the Daily Planet were later mentioned on the nationally syndicated public radio show Future Tense, which airs daily on Minnesota Public Radio.

Radio, TV programs in the works
Weekly community radio and TV programs are in the works that will highlight the Daily Planet and its media partners. KFAI Radio has accepted a proposal authored by St. Paul writer and political activist Andy Driscoll for a public affairs program that will be co-hosted by Daily Planet managing editor Craig Cox. Meanwhile, Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) has agreed to co-produce a weekly Daily Planet television program beginning in October. More details to come.

Weekly arts preview will highlight multicultural events
Arts editor Lydia Howell soon will be publishing a weekly arts preview for Daily Planet readers. The column will give our readers a heads-up on the best in local multi-cultural arts and entertainment. Look for it soon in the Daily Planet Arts Section. Our thanks to Lydia for her great work!

Wanted: St. Paul City Hall reporter
The Daily Planet is seeking a reporter to cover the St. Paul City Council. The job would require the reporter to attend the weekly council meetings and write one article a week on the proceedings. A modest stipend is available. To apply, contact Craig Cox at
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