As a young reporter, I was attracted to work in Minneapolis-St Paul by the intense competition between two award-winning daily newspapers and renowned TV newsrooms. That competition produced great journalism and an unusually well-informed citizenry. (That’s a very young Mary Stucky on deadline, checking the clock at the 1984 Democratic National Convention.)
Throughout the country, great American news outlets thrived for decades in productive competition until the Internet disrupted the advertising and subscription model that had long supported journalism. Since then, more and more news organizations have embraced collaboration.