The Rake’s farewell print issue (March 2008) includes a sidebar survey listing where local people say they get their news. Here’s how they ranked things:
The Daily Mole
Politics in Minnesota
Talking Points Memo
The Sky Blue Waters Report
However, if you run that list through the Technorati search engine and sort by how often each site is mentioned in blogs, you’ll get a different ranking.
But before getting into that, it’s worth mentioning that a few of the sites on the list are nationally focused sites rather than local, such as the popular tech blog, Gizmodo, or the national political news site, Talking Points Memo. Strangely, the locally produced, nationally focused right-wing blog, Powerline, is missing from the list, which may say something about who was informally polled.
I took the above list (along with a couple sites I’ve involved with: The Deets and Technology Evangelist), ran each site through Technorati (just type the site’s URL into the search box) and made note of the blog reaction count. Here is how the above sites break down using that measure:
News Sites Mentions
315462 Gizmodo 144322 StarTribune 61249 WCCO 43608 Talking Points Memo 16098 Pioneer Press 13641 Informed Comment 5850 The Rake 4303 City Pages 3427 Minnesota Monitor 2569 Technology Evangelist 1642 Cursor 1594 MNSpeak 1307 MinnPost 1023 Walker Blogs 946 Daily Planet 673 Eyeteeth 571 Blogumentary 379 The Deets 365 MN Blue 310 The Sky Blue Waters Report 287 The Daily Mole 268 Mediation 181 Downtown Journal 179 Minnesota Lawyer 164 Politics in Minnesota 7 Southwest Journal
It’s interesting to see how things sort out. First, I’d drop Gizmodo, Informed Comment, Talking Points Memo, and Technology Evangelist from the list since they’re not local sites.
Looking at what’s left: It’s amazing that a TV station beats a major daily newspaper site (WCCO over the Pioneer Press). I’m not sure if that’s a statement about how little news the PP creates, how inaccessible their website is, both, or something else.
MNspeak’s page views to employee ratio has to be among the highest in Minnesota.
Eyeteeth, Blogumentary, and The Deets, receive between 1/2 to 1/4 as many mentions as Minnpost with 1/50th as many writers. Another 300+ blog mention local site run by one person is SkinnySki.com.
I’m trying to understand why Southwest Journal came out so low. My best guess is because they truncate their feeds, causing a lot of local influential bloggers to avoid reading that site.
I’m sure plenty of other local sites are missing from this list. The rest of our local mainstream media sites, Metblogs, and The Bridge come to mind. Let us know where other sites stand in the comments.