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Revision as of 18:54, 30 October 2007 by (Talk) (St. Paul Media Story Ideas)

St. Paul Media Story Ideas

The Twin Cities Daily Planet and other local news organizations have asked St. Paul E-Democracy.Org to generate a list of possible stories ideas. What are the most under-reported stories in St. Paul, anything from very local story ideas to city-wide ideas. This list is being generated in October of 2007.

Please, use the edit button to add to the list (NOTE: putting 3 apostrophies before and after a phrase, makes it bold):

  1. Big Halloween Block Party in Mac Groveland
  2. Palace Theatre in Downtown St. Paul - What is its future, if any?
  3. Paint the Pavement - Neighbors painting intersections with friendly/inviting images. Its happening in the Hamline Midway neighborhood. Why? Is it happening anywhere else? Where did this idea come from? (See Original Post)
  4. Minnesota Personal Protection Act - Its been five years now without the "bloodbath" that some local politicians predicted (i.e. - Ellen Anderson and Wes Skoglund). How do local politicians feel about the act today? Including comments from those who supported the ban from the outset.
    • What does the St. Paul police department have to say about the effects of this law? Not just the department's politically-beholden leadership, mind you...
    • Is there any statistic evidence of the "deterrent" effect that this law would have on crime, as promised by supporters of the law? And why has the media spiked all mention of this effect?
  5. WSCO Bylaws Changed We all heard about how the board of West Side Citizens' Organization in District 3 was packed last year by special interests taking advantage of an ambiguity in the WSCO Bylaws. The WSCO Board, to its credit, self-corrected this issue in a Special Session mass meeting on Oct. 23, 2007. Voting rights at the election meeting this November are greatly simplified and will now be limited simply to residents and one vote per business establishment.
  6. SPIF'ers as Guest Editorialist - One member of the forum suggested to me (offline) that arrangements be made with a local paper to have use SPIF participants (or even SPIF posts) as guest editorials.
  7. Crime Analysis - I'd like to see the PP take a more comprehensive look at crime in St. Paul. In addition to reporting each day's events as they occur, it would be nice to see some analysis of the crime rate and the patterns involved. Perhaps something like this:
    (See Original Post)
  8. Joseph's Coat - I would like to read – or should I say “interact with”? - a story about the people who go to Joseph’s Coat. Do we not interview them for fear of embarrassing them? How many people go there each week? Why? What are their common issues? Where has “the system” failed them? Are any of them cheating the system? (See Original Post)
  9. Positive Student Stories - Examples of outstanding student math-letes, science fair winners, history day winners, odyssey of the Mind winners, etc. We give enormous coverage to football, basketball and hockey - how about more coverage of students who win statewide academic contests?
  10. School Board Campaigns - Who funds school board campaigns? What % of contributions come from teacher unions and other unions that school boards will have to negotiate with? The AP ran a story earlier this year (or last year) about Ed Mn spending more than any other group on lobbying. What's happening in school board campaigns?
  11. Four Women from Minnesota Boat Club Stroke to Top at Head of the Charles Race - St. Paul's Minnesota Boat Club website: Jacqueline Hamilton and 3 others with an average age of 40+ took 1st in their event at the 2007 Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. They beat 20 other teams from around North America. MBC is among Minnesota's longest-lived organizations and the Head of the Charles is North America's top rowing event.
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