Half a dozen newsrooms visited coast to coast. Meetings with professors at several universities. Multiple conversations with consultants and political experts. They all have something in common when speaking about the current presidential race: it is exceptional and different from all previous campaigns. The central reason for this coincidental evaluation is a candidate. A very particular one. Mr. Donald Trump.
Declining newspaper sales. Millennials inability to read more than 140 characters. The overload of information available online. Migration of ads and classified ads money to social media. Increasing numbers of news companies going out of business or drastically reducing their permanent staff. All these elements mark a narrative of a dark future for journalism in the written form.
Local black activists are taking their push for change into different terrains in the Twin Cities, from the Minnesota State Fair to the classrooms of North Minneapolis. There is a color that marked two interesting initiatives we came to know first-hand: purple. As in Purple Rain, the most popular song from the late musician Prince, Minnesota’s most renowned artist.
It’s a gray day afternoon and the weather app on my cell phone forecasts a strong rain in the following hours. Over a pedestrian bridge at 35 highway a group of some ten Trump supporters wave campaign flags and show signs with the slogan "Make America Great Again." Some of them are unsuccessfully asking drivers to honk. They seemed excited nonetheless.