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January 13, 2015 - Issue 2

 

MNA CONVENTION JUST
TWO WEEKS AWAY!


MNA Convention Hotel Update

The main convention hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis South is completely sold out on Thursday, January 29.  

MNA has created an additional block of guest rooms at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel just across the parking lot from the main convention hotel. The Sheraton Bloomington Hotel is the former Sofitel Bloomington. The special MNA room rate of $131/night + applicable tax and fees is available to convention attendees.

To make your reservation, call 1-800-325-3535 and ask for rooms in the “2015 Minnesota Newspaper Association Conference” block.

You may also click here to make your reservation online.

The deadline to make a reservation is Monday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel
5601 West 78th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55439
(952) 835-1900

More hotel information...
 
 

Convention Pre-Registration Still Available


Missed last week's early bird deadline? Not sure if you can make it yet, or not? You may pre-register for the convention until Monday, January 26 at 5:00 p.m.  On-site convention registration begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.  (Please note: meal tickets may not be available on site. If you would like to attend luncheons or the banquet, you must pre-register.)

Registration forms for the 2015 MNA Convention are available for MNA and NSCMA members, as well as students and educators! Forms were also mailed to all MNA member newspapers.

Visit the convention registration page
  
 

Convention Session Details Posted


Convention session details have been updated since our last Bulletin! Start planning your visit to the 2015 MNA Convention today. We're excited to welcome more than 20 speakers, covering a multitude of topics from page design and ad sales to photography and technology, management and prospecting to reporting, FOI issues and much, much more. We think you'll find sessions useful for everyone on your staff...the hardest part will be choosing which sessions to attend.

Click here to visit the Sessions & Speakers page
 


2015 Ad Design Contest - Deadline 1/23


Enter the annual Print Ad Design contest to win
CASH PRIZES!
  • 1st Place:  $250
  • 2nd Place:  $150
  • 3rd Place:  $100

CONTEST RULES

Submitted entries should consist of one (1) quarter page (5.66”x10.5”) full color print ad. For 2015, we’re looking for an “infographic” containing at least 10 data points from the 2013 Minnesota Statewide Newspaper Readership Survey that can be found at www.mna.org/readership-survey.

Entries due Friday, January 23

More information and download rules/release form



Meals/Special Requirements?

Are you registered for any convention meals? Do have you any special dietary requirements (for example vegan or vegetarian)?  In order to ensure we can accommodate these requests, we pre-order special meals.

Please contact Sarah Bauer no later than Wednesday, January 21 (sarah@mna.org or 612-278-0250) if you need a "special" meal. Please note we can only guarantee special accommodations for those who pre-order their meals with Sarah.

Publishers, please let your employees know in advance what meals you have paid for them.

Meetings at the 2015 MNA Convention

Are you on a committee? See the schedule below for your meeting time and location.

Wednesday, January 28
10:00 a.m.  MNI Board Meeting (Vista 2202)
11:00 a.m.  MNA Board Meeting (Vista 2202)
1:30 p.m.  Advertising Committee (Bloomington)
                MNF Meeting (Vista 2206)
2:30 p.m.  Journalism Education Committee (Edina)
                Member Services Committee (Bloomington)
3:00 p.m.  AP Board Meeting (Vista 2204)
3:30 p.m.  Legislative Committee (Edina)

Friday, January 30
3:30 p.m.  MNA Annual Meeting (Veranda 1-2)

More convention info online

FINAL CALL: 2015 MNA ADVERTISING RATE QUESTIONNAIRE


We have NOT received completed 2015 MNA Advertising Rate Questionnaires from the newspapers listed below. If you did not send updated rates, MNA will continue to place display ads at current rates on file. 

To ensure we have the most current information for your newspaper, please fill out the questionnaire completely and return it to MNA immediately via fax or email as directed. The 2015 Advertising Rate Questionnaire can be downloaded here. If you rates DID NOT change, please return the Questionnaire stating to keep the rates the same as 2014. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records up to date.

Newspapers who have NOT submitted a 2015 Rate Questionnaire as of 1/13/15 at 10:00 a.m.

Adams - The Monitor Review
Anoka County Union Herald
Anoka County Record
Apple Valley - Sun ThisWeek
Arlington Enterprise
Austin Daily Herald
Babbitt - The New Babbitt Weekly News
Barnesville Record-Review
Baudette - The Northern Light Region
Belgrade - The Observer
Belle Plaine Herald
Benson - Swift County Monitor-News
Blaine - Blaine Spring Lake Park Life
Bloomington Sun Current
Bovey Scenic Range News Forum
Brooklyn Center / Brooklyn Park Sun Post
Burnsville Eagan Sun ThisWeek
Cass Lake Times
Champlin - Dayton Press
Chanhassen Villager
Chaska Herald
Circle Pines Quad Community Press
Clearwater Tribune
Columbia Heights / Fridley Sun Focus
Cottage Grove - South Washington Co. Bulletin
Crookston Daily Times
Duluth News Tribune
East Grand Forks - The Exponent
Eden Prairie News
Eden Prairie Sun Current
Edgerton Enterprise
Edina Sun Current
Elk River - Star News
Ely - Ely Echo
Excelsior / Shorewood / Chanhassen Sun Sailor
Fairfax Standard-Gazette Messenger
Fargo/Moorhead - The Forum
Farmington/Rosemount Dakota County Tribune
Farmington/Rosemount Indpendent Town Pages
Fergus Falls - The Daily Journal
Forest Lake Lowdown
Gaylord - The Gaylord Hub
Glencoe - The McLeod County Chronicle
Glenwood - Pope County Tribune
Grand Forks - Herald
Grand Meadow - Meadow Area News
Greenbush - The Tribune
Hancock Record
Hanska Herald
Hastings Star Gazette
Hawley Herald
Henderson Independent
Hinckley News
Houston - The Houston Banner
Hugo - The Hugo Citizen
Jordan Independent
Karlstad - North Star News
Kiester - Courier-Sentinel
La Crescent - Houston County Newspapers, Inc.
Lafayette - Nicollet Ledger
Lake Park Journal
Lakeville Sun ThisWeek
Le Roy Independent
Lindstrom - Chisago County Press
Littlefork - The Littlefork Times
Madelia Times-Messenger
Mahnomen Pioneer
Mapleton - Maple River Messenger
Minneapolis - Finance & Commerce
Minneapolis - Insight News
Minneapolis - Minnesota Lawyer
Minneapolis - The Circle
Minneota Mascot
Minnetonka /Deephaven / Hopkins Sun Sailor
Montgomery Messenger
Monticello Times
Moorhead FM Extra
Mounds View / New Brighton  /  St. Anthony Sun Focus
Nevis - Northwoods Press
New Brighton Bulletin
New Prague - The New Prague Times
New Richland - NRHEG Star Eagle
North St. Paul - Ramsey County Review
Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review
Olivia - Renville County Register
Osseo-Maple Grove Press
Paynesville - The Paynesville Press
Pelican Rapids Press
Preston - Fillmore County Journal
Princeton Union-Eagle
Prior Lake American
Proctor Journal
Richfield Sun Current
Robbinsdale / Crystal / New Hope / Golden Valley Sun Post
Rochester - Agri News
Roseau Times-Region
Roseville Review
Sandstone - Pine County Courier
Sauk Rapids Herald
Savage Pacer
Scandia - Country Messenger
Sebeka - The Review Messenger
Shakopee Valley News
Shoreview Press
Slayton - Murray County Wheel-Herald
South St. Paul - South West Review
St. Cloud Times
St. Croix Lowdown
St. Louis Park Sun Sailor
St. Michael - North Crow River News
St. Paul - East Side Review
St. Paul - The Park Bugle
St. Paul Legal Ledger
Starbuck Times
Stephen Messenger
Stillwater Gazette
Tower News
Two Harbors - Lake County News-Chronicle
Ulen - Clay County Union
Wahpeton / Breckenridge - Daily News
Wayzata - Lakeshore Weekly News
Wayzata / Orono / Plymouth / Long Lake Sun Sailor
Wells Mirror
Westbrook Sentinel/Tribune
Wheaton Gazette
White Earth - Anishinaabeg Today
Winona Post
Woodbury Bulletin
Zumbrota - News-Record

Please contact Dan by email (dan@mna.org) or phone (612-278-0223) if you have any questions.

The Unauthorized Use of the Words "Super Bowl" or the Super Bowl Logo is Prohibited


Both the words “Super Bowl” and the logo are trademarks. While they can be used in editorial copy, you must pay licensing fees to use them in conjunction with any advertising promotion.

The NFL is very aggressive in tracking down violations, and employs “spotters” to look for unauthorized uses of the words or logo. Even a seemingly innocuous reference to a Super Bowl sale is in violation if proper fees are not paid.

A merchant selling products that have already been licensed by the NFL can promote the sale of these items in advertising, provided the appropriate wording is used. For instance, the Super Bowl beer sponsor can be described as the “official beer sponsor” but not as the “official beer.”

If you have any questions, contact the MNA office.

MNA Public Notice Site Training at Convention!

 
Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m., Veranda 1-2
 
Earlier this year, MNA successfully launched mnpublicnotice.com an online clearinghouse – an aggregate collection – of Minnesota public notices. Several MNA-member newspapers are up and running on the site, posting public notices weekly - or more often - on the site.
 
At the MNA Convention, MNA Program Director Sarah Bauer will lead two sessions - one Thursday morning, the other Friday morning, and will give attendees a tour of the public notice website, and train MNA members how to post their newspaper's public notices. Bauer will lead attendees through simple and easy process of signing up to be a newspaper admin on mnpublicnotice.com, she'll show you how to customize your account, and will guide you through the process of posting public notices. Bring your questions and be prepared to leave with the information you need to get started!

If your paper is not signed up yet, or if you cannot make it to convention, you can sign up anytime. MNA will provide training and support as you get started using the website. We are available to answer questions and walk you through the process of posting your notices.

Our goal is to have 100% participation by MNA member newspapers and we're getting closer every day. Please sign up today, or give us a call to learn more about the site.

Continue reading and sign up today!

Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures


At the start of 2015, the mail has officially been slowed down. USPS added an additional day to its expected service standards for much of its mail. This year, it will close 82 more mail processing plants. Most NNA members know mail service to smaller communities has already been affected. What we can expect—unless we fight back—is more of the same.

I hope you’ll consider the enclosed editorial by NNA President John Edgecombe. Also here is a list of the mail plants scheduled for closure so you can see how your readers will be affected. Please consider writing your own editorial, or use John’s.

Please contact me if there are questions.

Download the Edgecombe editorial

Tonda Rush NNA CEO and General Counsel
tonda@nna.org.

Digital Editions Webinar on Thursday!


Check out these upcoming webinars from Online Media Campus!

Making Digital Editions Really Work for Your Newspaper

Thursday, January 15
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

This educational webinar will encompass proven digital strategies that work for newspapers.

  • Produce digital editions which are more than just replicas of your print publication.
  • Get ideas on how to monetize your digital editions.
  • Educate your advertisers on importance of digital editions.
  • Learn how to present multi-media packages to advertisers.

More information and register...

RJI seeks innovative ideas and projects for 2015-2016 Reynolds Fellowships

Special consideration given to mobile engagement and monetization projects

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. RJI is giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on mobile engagement and monetization; however, RJI staff also invites submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.

Successful collaborations are often in one of three categories but are not limited to these categories:

  • Transformation of an idea into a market tested prototype; 
  • Development and deployment of a prototyped product or service into a substantial market test to prepare it for angel or venture investment or a full launch of the project;
  • Scholarly research that leads to publication of new understandings about the practice of journalism.

There are three types of fellowships for 2015-2016: residential, non-residential and institutional.

Residential fellows spend eight months on the University of Missouri campus. Non-residential fellows explore their ideas from their home or office, with an occasional visit to campus. The institutional fellowship allows an individual to remain at their post at a news organization or other institution while developing an idea. 

Each fellowship includes a stipend. Residential fellows receive an $80,000 stipend and a $10,000 one-time housing or relocation allowance. Non-residential fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, plus research and travel support. The institutional fellowship stipend – $20,000 – is paid to the company or institution and can be used for salary relief or for another purpose to best ensure the success of the fellowship project.

Reynolds fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and foreign journalists.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1. For more information or to apply: http://rjionline.org/fellowship.

Contact Roger Gafke at rjifellows2015@rjionline.org with questions.

About the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute:

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute works with citizens, journalists and researchers to strengthen democracy through better journalism. RJI seeks out the most exciting new ideas, tests them with real-world experiments, uses social science research to assess their effectiveness and delivers solutions that citizens and journalists can put to use in their own communities.
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Member Classifieds


Web Producer Team Leader
The St. Cloud Times is looking for a Producer Team Leader who can provide sophistication and polish to digital packaging, presentation and storytelling. More...

Editor – Woodbury Bulletin
The Woodbury Bulletin, a community weekly newspaper in Woodbury, Minn., is looking for the right person to lead our award winning staff of dedicated professional journalists. More...

Digital Sales Director
We have an immediate opening for a Digital Sales Director. This position will work closely with our sales teams based at our media properties in Minnesota and North Dakota. More...

Managing Editor
Are you ready to lead your own newsroom? APG Media of Minnesota, LLC is looking for a managing editor for its daily newspaper, the Mesabi Daily News, located 60 miles north of Duluth in Virginia, MN. More...

News and sports reporter
The Granite Falls Advocate Tribune, a weekly publication located in the beautiful Minnesota river valley at Granite Falls has an opening for a staff writer/ reporter with an emphasis on sports. More...

Reporter – Chippewa Falls, WI
We have an opening for a reporter for a western Wisconsin daily newspaper. Duties include all aspects of reporting, including news, features, photography, and our website and social media. More...

Full Time Sports Editor
The McLeod County Chronicle in Glencoe, Minnesota, is seeking a full-time sports editor with some general assignment duties. More...

Journalist Wanted
Our independent, family-owned newspaper company is seeking an energetic, enterprising journalist for two neighboring community papers, The Clara City (MN) Herald and The Raymond-Prinsburg (MN) News. More...

Full Time News Reporter
Looking for a full-time reporter to cover local news, sports and feature writing for a weekly newspaper in Belle Plaine, MN. More...

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