Eric Black to Leave Minneapolis Star Tribune for New Blog

By: E&P Staff Newspaper downsizing claimed another victim as Eric Black of the Minneapolis Star Tribune accepted a buyout and will leave the company on June 15.

Black, who has been with the paper since 1977, was the author of The Big Question blog since 2005. He and co-blogger D.J. Tice aimed to explore the "big questions" of the day and offer readers different ways to look at stories.

In a post today Black explained that he was not asked to leave, but rather newsroom economics would not allow him to continue at the paper.

"The Strib management wanted me to stay and keep blogging, despite the aforementioned problem of the brains being blogged out," he wrote. "But, within the exigencies of the current downsizing, they made it better worth my while to go (and keep blogging)."

Black will move over to the Center for Independent Media, a Wasington-based non-profit that operates the Minnesota Monitor, the Colorado Confidential and the new Iowa Independent. Black will have a yet-to-be named blog with the Minnesota Monitor.


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