Joel Kramer began his career in newspapers at the age of 12, delivering Newsday in Queens, NY. After working for Science Magazine, Newsday and the Buffalo Courier-Express, he became editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1983, and publisher and president in 1992. When the Cowles family sold the newspaper to McClatchy in 1998, Joel left the Star Tribune and joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication as a senior fellow. In 2003, he founded the policy think tank Growth & Justice, which he continues to serve as chair of the board.
In 2007, Joel founded MinnPost, (www.minnpost.com) an online news organization whose mission is “to provide high-quality journalism for news-intense people who care about Minnesota.”
As print newspapers struggle to survive in the new media economy, many people are asking what the future of journalism will look like. Can online news operations fill the void created by the decline of traditional news organizations? What kind of business model can sustain journalism in the future? Joel Kramer wrestles with these questions on a daily basis – so come prepared with some tough questions, and expect some interesting answers.
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