MinnPost, Hechinger Report collaborate on new blog

The world of nonprofit journalism is a brave new one, with all kinds of possibilities and collaborations.  The mission of providing high-quality journalism at a time when traditional newspapers are retrenching is gaining traction in Minnesota, and it’s one reason the newly launched Hechinger Report has partnered with the MinnPost on a new higher education blog: The Next Degree.

The MinnPost provides news and analysis about the Twin Cities, and aims to create a sustainable business model for high-quality journalism. Last week, the site launched The Next Degree, a new blog by Casey Selix that will be devoted to covering trends in higher education and in the state.

Since joining MinnPost as a news editor and staff writer at its founding in 2007, Selix has written about a wide range of topics, including business, the arts, nonprofits and, most recently, health-care policy and reform. Her career includes stints at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and her freelance work has appeared in publications ranging from the Detroit Free Press to the Los Angeles Times.

The new blog is a plus for The Hechinger Report as well, says editor and Hechinger Institute Director Richard Lee Colvin. “Casey’s blog gives us a critical foothold to cover higher education in the Midwest,’’  Colvin said. “Our job is to do all that we can to get beyond the surface news to explain what’s at stake in education, and to do it in a public-spirited, explanatory and investigative way.”

Check out Casey’s blog here.

Liz Willen