Editors note: A new era for the Journal

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October 7, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
We’re thrilled to unveil the first edition of our revamped Journal — now serving Northeast neighborhoods in addition to the downtown Minneapolis community.

This is an exciting opportunity for us to reach new readers and grow our newspaper to include more stories about important neighborhood issues in our expanded coverage area and news from City Hall, the schools and parks, among other beats. We will also regularly feature profiles of new and unique businesses in the 18 neighborhoods we now serve (see our coverage area map on page 23), along with fun pieces on compelling people in the community and the arts scene.

The Journal now more closely resembles its sister publication — the award-winning Southwest Journal, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The publication, co-founded by Janis Hall and Terry Gahan, has become a respected and beloved paper for the 21 neighborhoods it serves in southwest Minneapolis.

The Journal, which got its start as the Skyway News, has been around for four decades and has been under the ownership of Hall and Gahan since 2001.

The Journals’ hardworking reporting team includes assistant editor Jake Weyer and staff writers Dylan Thomas, Gregory J. Scott and Nick Halter. We also have our former reporter Michelle Bruch working with us again as our key contributor covering Northeast.

We’re also grateful for our contributing photographer Robb Long, stellar design and sales teams and the guidance of our publishers who have the courage to expand at a time when so many newspaper owners have dramatically reduced the scale of their operations or gone out of business. Another true hero at our company is Marlo Johnson — our distribution manager who makes sure the Journal gets to your doorstep and on racks all over Downtown.

The bread and butter of our brand of community journalism has always been a passion for covering hyperlocal news that often flies under the radar of other publications in town — stories that matter to you and your neighbors, whether it’s news about a controversial development under consideration or a piece on important changes going on within Minneapolis Public Schools.

We know we won’t be experts on Northeast overnight, but we’re very excited to be part of the community and hope you start turning to us for insight about the area.

We are also fully committed to continuing our strong and aggressive reporting about important issues impacting people in downtown Minneapolis. So many of our stories are of citywide interest and we hope that our broader reach will be appreciated by both our loyal readers and people picking up the paper for the first time.

Stay tuned for our next issue, which will be out Oct. 25. It will feature our Voter’s Guide — a comprehensive resource to get you ready for Election Day on Nov. 2.

As always, we’re very eager for feedback and story tips. You can find us at Facebook at facebook.com/DTjournal or on Twitter @DTJournal.

One more thing: We’re celebrating our expansion into Northeast with a meet and greet on Oct. 28 from 4–6 p.m. at the Vegas Lounge, 965 Central Ave. NE. We’d love for you to join us and share your thoughts on the newspaper.

Sarah McKenzie has served as editor of the Journals since 2006. She lives in the North Loop neighborhood. She can be reached at smckenzie@mnpubs.com or 436-4371.