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City Council approves plans for new 35W bridge

Shortly after the Minneapolis City Council approved plans for a new Interstate 35W bridge and its funding, both the Pioneer Press and Minnesota Public Radio issued briefs detailing the so-called "bare bones" of the agreement. Each piece offered readers and listeners the most pertinent information, including the unanimous rate of approval among council members as well as the top priorities and concerns taken into consideration when council members evaluated the plan. The Pioneer Press coverage was significantly shorter and more to-the-point, whereas the MPR coverage had quoted sources in addition to the most basic, unattributed information. Typically, for radio coverage, sound bytes are necessary to make a story compelling and worthwhile -- which accounts for the quotes in the text-only online version of MPR's story. The Pioneer Press is relied upon for in-depth coverage, but generally newspaper readers are satisfied with the most interesting and necessary information that isn't necessarily colored with the human element offered by radio.