In an effort to expand opportunities for North Dakota newspapers and students interested in journalism internships, the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation has made some adjustments to both the D.J. Schultz High School and College Internship programs.
While Teri Finneman, a journalism professor at the University of Kansas, was conducting her award-winning research into the ways COVID-19 impacted community journalism in the Midwest, she spotted a problem faced by newspapers that has reached a critical point: newspapers have been operating under a business model nearly as old as the industry itself.
When word that Country Media, the Oregon-based owner of the Cavalier County Republican in Langdon, N.D., planned to abruptly close the newspaper, Bob Simmons thought to himself, this community needs its newspaper.
Newspapers could lay down and play dead. Or they could be part of a movement led by a new nonprofit organization, North Dakota News Cooperative, to enhance the content in the state's newspapers through a statewide reporting service.
The Donovan and Betty Witham Symposium on Excellence in Newspapers will be held virtually on November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, featuring a variety of sessions aimed at helping newspaper members from across the state come together and sharpen their skills.
The Walsh County Record won 11 awards in this year’s National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. Other ND wins include: The Leader-News, The Journal, and Tioga Tribune.
During the NDNA Board meeting held on Oct. 15, Jill Friesz was elected to serve as a director, and former 2nd Vice President Amy Wobbema was elected to serve as 1st Vice President, filling the remainder of the seat formerly held by Cecile Wehrman. Director Cole Short was elected to serve as 2nd Vice President.
The North Dakota News Cooperative (NDNC) is poised to begin producing news stories and content for use by news outlets across the state, after work started by the Future of Newspapers Committee has blossomed into a full-fledged nonprofit. The group’s board of directors plans to post the position of managing editor in the coming months, with content expected to begin being distributed to newspapers in 2022.