Press: Democracy in Minneapolis

Employees get a role in reshaping their newspaper

"You God damn tittering moron-you lousy stewbum ... You 're going to cover the hanging like I asked you!"

In such tones did Managing Editor Walter Burns make his wishes known to Reporter Hildy Johnson in that 1928 Broadway classic The Front Page. Generations of fire-breathing editors have embraced this persuasive management technique, but one news'executive is flirting with an unusual alternative: democracy. At the Minneapolis Star (circ. 226,828), rank-and-file editorial employees have been given an active role in deciding how to reshape their foundering evening...

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