Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bismarck Takes a Chancellor on Monthly Newspaper Launch

Map of North DakotaImage via WikipediaThe Great Plains Examiner, a monthly print and online newspaper focusing on political and business news serving Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota, has launched, according to a blog post on

The new publication, which prints monthly but will be updated online, is the brainchild of  32-year-old Bismarck native Matt Bunk, who serves as editor and publisher. Among the dozen or so investors, distributors and editorial types involved in the venture are writers Kelly Hagen, a former Bismarck Tribune columnist; freelancer Sarah McCurdy and history professor Steve Hoffbeck, reports.

Roughly 10,000 papers are distributed in Bismarck-Mandan, and both the print edition and Website access are free. The tabloid currently is looking for office space and an in-state printer.  People features, in-depth local news and investigative pieces are part of Bunk's vision for the Examiner.

News of the newspaper industry being on life-support may not yet have reached North Dakota. On the other hand, Bunk is a veteran newser and the Examiner may go far, or at least Fargo.
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