OLD Media Moves

Minneapolis biz reporter leaving

November 10, 2009

David Brauer of MinnPost.com reports that Minneapolis Star-Tribune business reporter Thomas Lee is leaving the paper for a new journalism venture called MedCity News.

Brauer reports, “The Ohio-based site was founded earlier this year to focus on ‘business, innovation and influence in health care.’ Some Cleveland newspaper veterans are involved, but Lee says he will be MedCity’s Minnesota bureau chief.

“‘Strangely enough, I gave notice to Nancy Barnes just a few minutes after she informed the newsroom of the cuts,’ Lee says. ‘[M]y decision was completely coincidental.’

“The general trends in the industry did seem to play a part in the youngish reporter’s thinking.

“‘I want to be forward-thinking and entrepreneurial. I firmly believe our industry’s new business models will originate with innovative start-ups like MedCity News versus big legacy newspapers that have struggled, by virtue of size and culture, to adjust to rapidly changing.'”

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