The Weekly Planet


News and Notes for Friends of the TC Daily Planet
Volume 1, Number 18
May 4, 2006

* Daily Planet faithful celebrate public launch
* The word is out
* Wi-Fi bidders seek Daily Planet participation in pilot projects
* United Way-Daily Planet connection possible
* A new Weekend Edition coming
* Kudos

Daily Planet faithful celebrate public launch
Some 50 Daily Planet supporters celebrated the site’s public launch Monday, May 1, at the offices of Triangle Park Creative. The celebration, which included a press conference, offered attendees an opportunity to see the redesigned Web site, mingle with various media partners, and acknowledge the dozens of individuals whose hard work has made the Daily Planet possible. Among those attending was Chuck Olson, who filmed the event for his videoblog, Minnesota Stories. Check it out at

The word is out
Monday’s launch, and the promotional efforts that preceded it, yielded some great press coverage, including a Metro section story in Tuesday’s Star Tribune, mentions in the Pioneer Press’s Technology blog, the Politics in Minnesota weekly newsletter, and in several of our media partners’ publications. A feature is also forthcoming in Editor & Publisher, the national publishing trade journal. Thanks to operations manager Becky Clawson and to all of you who helped spread the word last week.

Wi-Fi bidders seek Daily Planet participation in pilot projects
We’ve reported earlier that U.S. Internet will use Daily Planet content on its Cedar-Riverside Wi-Fi pilot Web site. Yesterday, a representative from Earthlink, which is also vying for the right to develop the city’s new Wi-Fi network, requested a meeting with Daily Planet representatives to talk about having us provide content for its North Side pilot site. We’ll be meeting via conference call tomorrow morning. The two Wi-Fi pilots are scheduled to be launched later this month.

United Way-Daily Planet connection possible
Speaking of partnerships, we’ve recently been contacted by the Twin Cities United Way, which has expressed an interest in having the Daily Planet provide content for its Beehive Web site. The Twin Cities Beehive site offers social service resources, but has no local content. We’ll be meeting with United Way representatives in the days ahead to see how the Daily Planet can help.

A new Weekend Edition coming
Frequent visitors to the Daily Planet have found fresh content on the site five days a week for the past couple of months, but nothing new on the weekends. We’ll be launching our Weekend Edition this Saturday, so be sure to come back on the weekend, when you’ll find profiles, arts and entertainment stories, and other less “newsy” fare on our front page. As always, we welcome your comments on our editorial mix as we continue to develop the site. And if you’re looking for an easy way to scan the last week’s worth of material, be sure to click on the “New This Week” headline, which will bring you to a handy table of contents.

Conversation now available in Planet Café
We’ve begun seeding our community forum, called “Planet Café,”: in the upper left of the site. Check it out when you get a chance, and chime in with your opinions on a variety of lively topics.

Kudos . . .
Many, many thanks to all the Daily Planet friends and supporters who have worked so hard to make this project successful. We are especially indebted to Dan Nordley, Pat Thompson, Joe Shindelar, and all the folks at Triangle Park Creative for incubating the project for these many, many months. Thanks, also to TCMA chair Jeremy Iggers for his dogged pursuit of this dream and to his wife, Carol, who keeps him grounded in reality. Jeremy and Carol have also done a wonderful job organizing our many social gatherings over the past several months–including Monday’s launch celebration. They bring the food and beverages, set it all up, and clean up afterward. Thanks so much. We’ve also been blessed to have marketing whiz Sue Herridge in our corner throughout this period; she’s been an invaluable source of knowledge in the areas of promotion and marketing and we thank her for all her great work. And to board member Doug McGill, whose citizen-journalist workshops promise to yield a whole new community of Daily Planet reporters in the weeks and months ahead, we extend our gratitude for immersing yourself in our mission. Thanks also to all the members of the TCMA board and to all our Daily Planet section editors and media partners who have stuck with the project through this challenging period.

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