As 2007 draws to a close, All Things Considered looks back at the top local media stories of the year.
MPR's regular media analyst David Brauer joined host Tom Crann to discuss Brauer's picks for the top media stories of the year. Here's his list:
1. The staff reductions and turmoil at the Star Tribune of Minneapolis and the St. Paul Pioneer Press top the list.
Brauer says the changes at the two major daily newspapers will have more of a long-term impact on the state of journalism than the coverage of the year's biggest story, the I-35W bridge collapse.
2. Coverage of I-35W bridge collapse is number two on Brauer's list. Bauer says it was a high water mark for Minnesota broadcast, print and electronic media.
3. Number three on Brauer's list is the tentative resurgence of KSTP-TV News.
Brauer says this began with KSTP's commitment to the I-35W bridge collapse story and continued for the rest of the year.
4. The firing of Mick Anselmo of the Twin Cities Clear Channel cluster of stations is number four on Brauer's list.
Brauer says this story was all but lost in this year's media news. It is important, he says, because Anselmo was known for his long and successful tenure at the radio giant.
5. The beginnings of the nascent Web-only media rounds out Brauer's list.
2007 saw the development of several Web-only media outlets whose ranks are filled with former writers from the Twin Cities print publications.