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September 15, 2015 - Issue 37

Daily Newspaper Meeting Hotel Deadline THURSDAY!

October 8 - 9, 2015

Please note that the
deadline to make your hotel reservation at the special Daily Meeting rate
is this THURSDAY, Sept. 17.

The annual MNA Daily meeting is always a participant favorite. Leaders from daily newspapers (and non-dailies too!) are invited to participate in this two-day summit. The program will kick off Thursday at noon with lunch at the Historic Lumber Exchange Building, home of the Minnesota Newspaper Association (10 S. 5th St., Minneapolis).

The afternoon will feature lively and interactive discussions focused on revenue, innovation and current best practices in advertising, editorial and management.  Returning again this year will be the popular Daily Meeting Idea Exchange. Prizes will be awarded to the participant who brings the best idea from the past year.

MNA Attorney Mark Anfinson will join the meeting Friday morning to provide a legal update for attendees.

The meeting will adjourn at noon on Friday.


Thursday 10/8

12:00 p.m.   Lunch
Meet at Historic Lumber Exchange Building
(2nd floor Garden Room)
10 S. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402      

1:00 p.m.   Program kickoff: What’s new?
Topics to be discussed: Recruitment; Event Marketing and other new revenue streams; Programmatic Advertising; Circulation; Audience Engagement

Idea Exchange Session- Prizes will be awarded.

5:00 p.m.   Reception Hour, Food, Networking
MNA Office (Suite 1105)

Friday 10/9

8:30 a.m.   Continental Breakfast
Meet at the Star Tribune offices (Minnetonka Room)
650 3rd Ave. South, Suite 1300, Minneapolis, MN 55488
Located next door to the Grand Hotel

9:00 a.m.   Legal Update from MNA Attorney Mark Anfinson

11:00 a.m.   Tour of the new offices of the Star Tribune

12:00 p.m.   Adjourn


We have reserved a block of guest rooms at The Grand Hotel Minneapolis at a special rate ($179/night + tax) for the 2015 Daily Meeting. You may call 1-800-KIMPTON to reserve your room or visit and use the Meeting/Group Code: MNEWSA1008.

The deadline to make your reservation and secure the discounted rate is Thursday, September 17. After the deadline, hotel rooms may not be available and rates will increase.


The meeting registration fee covers the cost of Thursday lunch, reception and dinner, as well as Friday breakfast, and other costs associated with the meeting. Please plan to pay any activities outside of the meeting agenda, on your own.

More information and register...

2014-2015 BNC Open for TWO more weeks!

The 2014-2015 Better Newspaper Contest is NOW OPEN for entries! Better Newspaper Contest rule and instruction packets were mailed to all MNA member newspapers and collegiate publications. 

The deadline for the professional contest is Wednesday, September 30. The deadline for the college contest is Tuesday, October 13. Entries in this year’s contest will be judged by experienced members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

All work, published September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015 is eligible for the contest.  

If you have any questions, please contact LuAnn Yattaw at or 612-278-0235.

Visit our Better Newspaper Contest page for more info

Pohlad Hours Due FRIDAY!

The end of the summer is approaching and many of your interns are preparing to head back to school.  Please remember to submit your interns’ hours worked to MNA no later than Friday, September 18, 2015. If your intern position ends sooner – please submit your hours at that time. MNA needs to collect the total number of total hours worked through the end of the internship. Please submit hours worked, by email, to LuAnn:

Intern supervisors, please also remember to complete the required program survey. Just click here and answer a few short questions.  
Please also share some of the work that your intern has done for you/your paper: stories, photos, design, ads, etc. If you have any photos of your intern or you/your staff interacting with the intern – please send those as well. We also welcome any and all comments from you or your intern. We love to see the work of your talented young interns - and also share it with our friends at the Pohlad Family Foundation.  Please send any relevant materials to LuAnn:

Do you have a BNC Award on your wall? Sign up today to be a contest judge!! 

Thank you to those of you who've responded to our call for judges! We need several more judges! Please enlist the help of your colleagues.

We need you! Yes, YOU!

Have you recently won a Better Newspaper Contest award from the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Do you have your award hanging on the wall in your office? Did you enjoy the awards banquet? Good! Good! We're so proud of you.'s time to pay it forward. We need your help.

Better newspaper contests across the county simply cannot run without the expertise of the talented, award-winning people who work in newspapers helping out each year as judges. We're looking for at least 35 judges to help review and judge contest entries in a variety of categories. Our swap partner this year is our neighbor to the east - the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

The vast majority of judging will be completed online, using - the same system MNA uses for its contest. Some categories will be mailed out to judges for review. All results will be entered online. You will have about a month to complete your assignment and can choose your area of expertise (advertising, photography, reporting, design, etc.!!).

You will receive judging assignments in early October and your results will be due back in early November. Please keep these deadlines in mind when committing to judging! You can also enlist the help of your talented coworkers as well. Contest judging parties are fun!

Professionals from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association will be providing the judging expertise for the 2014-2015 Minnesota Newspaper Association contest in exchange for our members judging their work.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to help us out this year as a contest judge. We only need about 10 more judges to step up and volunteer!

Contact LuAnn Yattaw, or call 612-278-0235 to sign up.
Thank you very much in advance for
volunteering your time and talent!

Pumarlo: Legislature makes news even during recess

It’s March 1. The Legislature is in full swing. Your newsroom is primed to follow every twist and turn in the legislative hallways. As the saying goes, “The lawmakers are back. Protect your pocketbooks.” Newsrooms are on full alert to follow and translate the impact of legislative decisions on your readers’ everyday lives.

Fast forward to the waning summer. The Legislature is the last thing on your newsroom’s radar, right?


The dog days of summer provide an excellent opportunity to check in on the actions of policy-makers as new laws take effect. It’s a chance to inform and educate your readers as well as hold your legislators accountable. Consider these two recent reports from Minnesota newspapers:

  • From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “After a two-year delay, Minnesota’s much hated 1989 sales tax rebate program for capital equipment purchases ended last week. The change is a major coup for small businesses and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, which lobbied hard for legislators to rescind a law many considered an unnecessary hardship.” The story details the practical impact of the law change on the ability of businesses to reinvest this money into operations.
  • From the Worthington Daily Globe: “After much debate on both sides of the aisle, legislation to establish 110,000 acres of new water quality buffer zones across Minnesota took effect July 1. The measure will result in nearly 1,700 acres in additional conservation land in Nobles County.” The story examines and explains the rules for compliance.

Hundreds of new state laws took effect in July. Around the nation, July 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year and the date recently passed legislation goes on the books.

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Save the Date! National Newspaper Week 2015 is October 4-10. Resources will be available soon including editorials, cartoons and more!

2015 AP Jobs Fair

Jobs and Internships FairThe Associated Press Jobs and Internships Fair is back for another year. The 2015 edition returns to the University of Minnesota campus on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Murphy Hall.
Doors open at 7:30 a.m., with pastries and coffee at 8 a.m. and recruiting starting very soon after. The event will wrap up around noon.
This is a great opportunity for both students and recruiters alike. Students can expect to meet recruiters from 10-15 of the state’s top newspapers. For recruiters, it’s a chance to make your next hire, survey some potential interns or just build up your stack of promising talent for your next hiring chance.
Cost remains the same: $10 for students, $20 for recruiters. New this year is online registration, visit:

If you have questions, please contact Quierston Shepherd,

Newspaper museum has new home at Minnesota State Fair

By Tom Hintgen
Otter Tail County Correspondent

This year marked the second year the Minnesota Newspaper Museum has hosted visitors at the state fair in its new home. The museum is now located adjacent to the 4-H Building in the northeast section of the fairgrounds.

From 1987 to 2013 the newspaper museum was located at Heritage Square, just north of the midway. That area is now used by the state fair’s West End Market.

This year, as in previous years, the newspaper museum attracted thousands of visitors. Guests were able to see old-time newspaper veterans operate 1930s letterpress equipment.

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Publishers: Statement of Ownership Due to USPS and MNA

The publisher of each publication sent Periodicals Class Mail, including foreign publications accepted at Periodicals rates, must file Form 3526 by Oct. 1, of each year at the original entry post office. If Oct. 1 falls on a Saturday, the post office would expect to receive it by close of business on Sept. 30.
The information provided on Form 3526 allows the U.S. Postal Service to determine whether the publication meets the standards of Periodicals mailing privileges. Newspapers with electronic subscriptions to claim will also use Form 3526.

The required information also must appear in an issue of the publication whose primary mailed distribution is produced:
  • Not later than Oct. 10 for publications issued more frequently than weekly.
  • Not later than Oct. 31 for publications issued weekly or less frequently, but more frequently than monthly.
  • For all other publications, in the first issue whose primary mailed distribution is produced after Oct. 1. 
All forms can be found on the USPS website:

Please also send a copy of your 2015 Statement of Ownership to MNA. We use this information to keep your circulation number accurate in our newspaper directory.

Forward a copy by email to Cynthia: or, fax to: 612-342-2958.

MNA Public Notice Site - House Ads Now Available!

In 2014, MNA successfully launched its online clearinghouse of Minnesota public notices. Many MNA-member newspapers are up and running on the site, posting public notices weekly - or more often - on the 

Now, MNA has developed a series of house ads you can use to promote in your newspaper and on your website. 
If you haven't started posting your public notices yet, and are interested in getting started, MNA will provide training and support. We are available to answer questions and walk you through the process of posting your notices. Please contact Sarah Jackson to sign up and also set up training for you or your staff - there are a variety of options, in person, by phone or Google Hangout. 

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.

Click here for more info and to view/download ads!

Upcoming Webinars for Reporters!

Check out the upcoming webinars from Online Media Campus!

Investigative Reporting Tools for any Newsroom

Thursday, September 17
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Investigative Reporting: You want to dig into a story that has depth and impact, but does the daily grind always steal your time? In this webinar we will discuss how you can tackle that big project, while feeding the daily beast, and not sacrificing quality.

This session will provide tools necessary so newsrooms with tight resources do not have to fear that they are incapable of doing investigative reporting. All reporting can be considered investigative, and going deeper with story ideas can only enrich the experience for readers.

This session is beneficial for newsrooms or staff looking to incorporate more investigative projects into their reporting and coverage.

More information and register...

Photography for Reporters

Thursday, September 24
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Shooting with a creative eye takes effort. In this session we will review photo composition, lighting and strategy, and offer tips from some of GateHouse’s top professional photographers. Plus, we will cover technical training for those beginning to use SLRs, including how to adjust ISO, shutter speed and aperture.

Who should attend: This is an intermediate course, for reporters or editors who are comfortable behind a camera, but are looking for fresh ideas and ways to make their photography look more professional.

More information and register...

Newspapers at the Theater: The Front Page

Hildy Johnson has decided to leave the world of being a newspaper reporter to get married and go into a more honorable profession of advertising. Then a scoop on a major news story that will shake up Chicago's City Hall falls into his lap. Stop the presses!

Performances are at:
7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept 18 
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept 19 
2:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept 20* 
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept 24 
7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept 25 
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept 26 

Wellstone Center auditorium, 179 Robie Street E, Saint Paul

*Post-show discussion - Sunday, September 20 on the media

Panelists include:

  • Mike Burbach, news editor, Saint Paul Pioneer-Press; 
  • Jane Kirtley, the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota; and 
  • Jane McClure, reporter and assistant editor at Access Press

Click here for more information and tickets.

If you have news to share in the MNA Tradewinds,
please email us:

E. Neil Mattson, 88, of Warren, MN, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Center in Warren.

Edward Neil Mattson was born on September 26, 1926 in Warren, the son of Edgar Nels and Anna Emelia (Swanson) Mattson. He was a life-long resident of Warren where he graduated from Warren High School in 1944. Neil served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1945. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1948. On September 10, 1950, he married Marilyn Jeanette Erickson. They made their home in Warren. Neil worked at and later owned the family newspaper, The Warren Sheaf, retiring as Editor and Publisher in 1995. More...

Member Classifieds:

Advertising Director
APG Media of Southern Minnesota, LLC is seeking a dynamic person to lead its multimedia salesforce at its largest daily newspaper, Owatonna People’s Press, located one hour south of the Twin Cities in the vibrant, economically thriving community of Owatonna, Minnesota. More...

Reporter - Hibbing
The Hibbing Daily Tribune, a six days a week daily covering the heart of the Iron Range, is seeking an energetic, well-rounded general assignment reporter for print and digital formats.  More...

Reporter - Spring Grove Herald
THE BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP is seeking a reporter for the Spring Grove, Mabel and Canton areas to cover government, human interest and sports. More...

Reporter - Austin
The Austin Daily Herald, a daily newspaper in southern Minnesota, is seeking a journalist with strong writing skills. More...

Reporter - Cottage Grove
The South Washington County Bulletin in Cottage Grove is seeking a qualified candidate to be our next full-time reporter. More...

Digital Sales Specialist
The Digital Sales Specialist will work closely with our sales teams based at our media properties in Minnesota and North Dakota. More...

New Listings: Newspapers for Sale
Superb Weekly in Prime Lakes Country in Minnesota. Gross revenue app. $400,000 with nice profit margin. More...

Full-Time Page Designer – Albert Lea
The Albert Lea Tribune, a daily newspaper in southern Minnesota, seeks a journalist with strong skills in page and graphic design. More...

Isanti-Chisago County Star print and online editor
We are seeking an individual who loves to be out of the office and has the talent to discover and report on the news of the community. More...

Full-time position for combination news reporter/sports reporter for weekly newspaper on edge of metro area. More...

Publishing – For Sale (MN & SD)
Weekly newspapers for sale in Minnesota and South Dakota. Photos available. More...

Access to the MNA Member Classifieds Page is free to MNA members.  To submit an ad, please click the “Submit a Job Posting” or “Submit a For Sale/Wanted Posting” buttons on the Member Classifieds page.  MNA Members are also encouraged to post ads for available internships (submit as a Job Posting).  Non-members may send an ad by e-mail to:  The charge for non-members to place ads is $25 per week (payable by check or credit card).  If you have any questions, please email or call MNA: or 612-332-8844.

NOTE:  Once jobs are filled, or For sale/Wanted postings expired, please ask MNA to remove your post from the Member Classifieds. You can send an e-mail to

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Check out upcoming training events from the Local Media Association
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Inland Group Executive Conference
September 16-18

Investigative Reporting Tools for any Newsroom
September 17

Photography for Reporters
September 24

Exploring Conflict-Sensitive Journalism
September 29

National Newspaper Association 129th Annual Convention and Trade Show
October 1-3

2015 Daily Newspaper Meeting
October 8-9

Data visualizations – Beyond the software
October 9

MNA Committee Meetings
October 14

Mapping Your Digital Strategy
October 15

MNA Board Meeting
October 15-16

What You Need to Know About Overtime and Independent Contractor Laws and Regulations
October 16 

Exploring Respect in Reporting
October 22
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