BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota News Council is shutting down after 40 years of promoting fairness in the news media.

Council President Tony Carideo says drops in the filings of complaints by the public and in corporate funding are the main reasons. He announced the decision at the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention in Bloomington on Thursday.

Carideo said Friday a reason complaints have fallen is that people who disagree with news coverage now have almost instant recourse on the Internet through comment sections on stories, e-mail and Twitter.

He says most of the state’s newspapers have been supportive of the council over its 40 years. The council’s endowment, worth around $270,000, will be transferred to a nonprofit affiliated with the MNA probably will be used to support journalism education and professional training.

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Comments (5)
  1. Mr Know says:

    Boy, I wished you guys would of checked out the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. I suppose you got caught up in the go along to get along thing.

  2. Francis J. Ferrell says:

    This is a sad announcement about a great legitimate professional organization that fell victim to modern times and the harried vagaries of cyberspace, Internet, and instant commentary.

    Whenever there was a grievous fault to be aired against the print and/or broadcast media of Minnesota the Minnesota News Council [MNC] was always there to adjudicate accountability &/or innocence in such matters. Though the MNC’s opinions may not have been legally binding, the empirical weight of its conclusions, at times, were globally noted, far reaching, and even precedent setting. All one has to do is access press councils on several continents and you will find references to or links to the MNC.

    The Minnesota News Council will always be the Gold Standard for outstanding journalistic ethics, fairness, and trade craft accountability. In the world of journalistic accountability and fairness, the MNC will be sorely missed.

    If only the Internet, Blogospheres, and the hegemonies of new media channels could have such a standard to emulate as the Minnesota News Council; the journalistic world and mass media would be a better place.