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Friday, May 4, 2007

Strib columnists may be Par-ed back

There is an interesting posting on the Rake's website today.

"Thursday afternoon at the Star Tribune saw the paper's four metro columnists, Doug Grow, Nick Coleman, Katherine Kersten and Cheryl 'CJ' Johnson called in to separate meetings with editors Nancy Barnes and Scott Gillespie and told, in so many words, that the paper was looking to scale back the number of columnists and would any of them care to raise their hands and volunteer for reassignment to the paper's suddenly thin -- and getting thinner -- ranks of street-level reporters?" Click here for more.

Hmm. Perhaps Par Ridder will be tapping out some columns himself -- assuming he has found a replacement laptop.

In all seriousness, I hope that the Strib does not fall victim to the major bloodletting everyone has anticipated since the new owners took over. Unfortunately, in this case I fear that the conventional wisdom may be right ...

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