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January 23, 2017 - Issue 4

See You at the MNA Convention!

Convention week has finally arrived! We can't wait to see you there! There are a few important notes and reminders below. 

Please note: the MNA staff will working on-site at the convention this week (Wednesday-Friday). If you need to reach someone, the easiest way will be by email. Thanks! 

We have nearly 700 people pre-registered! Check in at the convention registration desk early to avoid lines. 

If you did not pre-register, on-site registration is available starting Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom Foyer. A limited number of meal tickets will be available for sale on site. 

If you have any questions, the quickest way to reach us this week is by email:

Convention by the Numbers

  • 150th Annual MNA Convention
  • 678 attendees pre-registered for the Convention
  • 24 speakers excited to present sessions
  • 119 “First Timers” registered (give those with a purple ribbon a warm welcome!)
  • 26th Year at the DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly the Sheraton AND the Radisson)
  • 4,255 entries submitted in the 2015-2016 Better Newspaper Contests
  • 19 Trade Show Vendors to visit at Convention
  • 16 different name badge ribbons (how many do you have?)
  • 1,051 –  approximate number of meals served during Convention
  • 75 MNA Members who serve on various committees
  • 10 MNA Staff members who make all of the convention magic happen

Convention Location

All convention sessions, luncheons and the Better Newspaper Contest Banquet will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Minneapolis South. The address and phone number are below.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Minneapolis South
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55439

Phone: 952-835-7800

Travel Alert: Hwy. Highway 169 closures

Please plan ahead accordingly!

Following a string of delays, the big Highway 169 project between Bren Road and 7th Street is underway, a major undertaking that  will close the busy highway for 10 months. 

The project has been twice-delayed, first due to weather and then a second time, to protect utility cables running under the bridge. Besides the section that will be completely closed, southbound Hwy. 169 will be one lane from Excelsior Blvd to 7th Street, and northbound Hwy. 169 will be a single lane from Hwy. 62 to Bren Road. See news story.


Recommended MnDOT detour for northbound traffic: EB Hwy. 62, NB Hwy. 100, WB I-394 to Hwy. 169.

Recommended MnDOT detour for southbound traffic: WB I-394, SB I-494 to Hwy. 169.

Click here for more information.


Registration Desk Hours

Visit the registration desk, in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, Floor 2, to register on site or to check in, and receive your name badge, meal tickets (if you purchased them) and welcome bag.

Wednesday, January 25: 2:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 26: 8:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Friday, January 27: 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

MNA Welcome Reception - Wednesday 1/25

Join us Wednesday evening, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom Foyer for a Convention Welcome Reception! Join fellow convention attendees for an exclusive beverage tasting experience with local purveyors, featuring wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic options. Take time to view the winning entries in the Better Newspaper Contest, visit the MNA Convention photo booth with friends and colleagues, chat with trade show vendors and reconnect with MNA friends.

Ed Henninger 1-on-1's: One Spot Left!

Ed Henninger will be leading two sessions at the MNA Convention on Thursday, January 26. Ed is offering a special opportunity to convention attendees. You can book a free 15-minute newspaper design consultation with Ed Henninger at the MNA Convention. Only 12 spots are available on Thursday, January 26. We will contact you by email to confirm your appointment and the meeting room. This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis - only ONE spot remains.

Click here to sign up for your FREE 1on1 consulation

Convention Schedule

The MNA Convention schedule is now available online. You will receive a printed program when you arrive at the convention.  But, you can start planning your 2017 MNA Convention experience today! Read bios and session descriptions for all of our excellent sessions now by visiting the link below. We've got sessions for everyone on your staff, from managers and editors, to reporters and photographers, the circulation department, the ad sales desk and more! 

Download the Convention Schedule & Session Descriptions (PDF)

All Session and speaker info:

Thank you to our generous convention sponsors:


Meetings at the MNA Convention

Are you on an MNA Committee, or would you like to join an MNA Committee? Several meetings will be held at the MNA Convention. Join us. Please see below for a full schedule including date, time and meeting room (in parentheses).

Wednesday, January 25
10:00 a.m.     MN News Media Institute Board (Vista 2202)
11:00 a.m.     MN Newspaper Association Board (Vista 2202)
1:30 p.m.      Joint Meeting of Member Services &
                    J. Ed Committees (Bloomington)
2:30 p.m.      Ad/Digital Committee (Edina)
                    MNF Meeting (Vista 2206) 
3:00 p.m.      AP Board Meeting (Vista 2204) 
3:30 P.M.      Legislative Committee (Bloomington)

Friday, January 27
3:30 P.M.      MNA Annual Meeting (Atrium 2)
Click here to shop for 150th Anniversary gear. 

Celebrate MNA’s sesquicentennial with exclusive apparel! We have both men’s and women’s polo shirts and a unisex, charcoal gray hooded sweatshirt available in many sizes. Represent MNA proudly on casual Friday or on the golf course next spring! Place your order online or at the convention, shirts will ship in early February.

Back in 2017: Silent Auction and Wall of Wine

Year after year MNA Convention attendees support the MNA’s nonprofit training arm, the Minnesota News Media Institute, at the annual Silent Auction and Wall of Wine.

Silent Auction
Always a highlight of the convention, attendees peruse the collection of goods and services for sale (and exercise various competitive bidding methods) to benefit the future of the newspaper industry! 

We are looking for at least 50 items, each valued at $25-100 or more, in order to make this annual fundraiser a success! Do you have local delicacies to share? A great resort in town? A crafty staff member? Donate!! Popular items include newspaper-themed gifts, sporting event tickets, concert tickets, signed memorabilia, pottery, travel packages, gift baskets and more!

Please download a Silent Auction Donation Form and submit it to MNA by Friday, January 13, 2017. You may send or drop off your silent auction items to the MNA Office by Monday, January 23, or arrange to drop it off at the convention hotel Wednesday, January 25 during setup.

More info:

Wall of Wine

First started in 2010 – the Wall of Wine has become a crowd favorite and we expect more fun in 2017.

Do you have a local winery? A favorite bottle to drink with friends? Consider sharing a bottle with MNI as part of the 2017 Wall of Wine. Perhaps you have a craft brewery in your town that has the best tasting beer around? Consider sharing a 6-pack with MNI. If you don’t have time to shop for the wine or beer, or are not sure what to buy – consider a cash donation, and we will do the shopping for you!

If you have any questions, contact LuAnn Yattaw at (612) 278-0235 or

More info:

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.

What’s your idea? Apply now for 2017-2018 RJI Fellowships

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with us on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism. We’re giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on solving problems created by filter bubbles, fake news and mistrust of the news media; however, we also invite 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 the following:
  • 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 product launch.
  • Scholarly research that leads to publication of new understandings about the practice of journalism.
There are three types of RJI Fellowships for 2017-2018: residential, nonresidential and institutional. Residential fellows spend eight months on the University of Missouri campus. Nonresidential 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. Nonresidential 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.
RJI Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and foreign journalists. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2017.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Don't forget: Upload your public notices today!

In 2014, MNA successfully launched its online clearinghouse of Minnesota public notices. Since then, 120 MNA member newspapers have posted more than 35,000 public notices on the site. 

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!

2017 Public Notice Journalism Awards

The public notice ads that run in your newspaper are a gold mine of great stories. You may already know this. If you reported an important story in 2016 that was based on a public notice, you should enter it in this year’s Public Notice Journalism Contest. There’s no entry fee and the grand prize is $500 and a free trip to
Washington, D.C., where the winner will be saluted in a special ceremony at the National Press Club.

For information about how to enter, visit

Entry deadline is Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

Send us your best editorial for Golden Quill Contest

The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) is accepting entries for the 57th annual Golden Quill editorial writing contest.
All newspapers of less than daily frequency (published fewer than five days per week) are qualified to enter. Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.
Each newspaper is allowed up to four entries; two is the maximum per person. Entry fee is $25 per person; checks should be made payable to ISWNE. To enter, complete the PDF form at (under Contests) and send a tearsheet with the Golden Quill entry clearly marked. Send two copies of each entry to Chad Stebbins, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801-1595. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2017.
Entries should reflect the purpose of ISWNE: Encouraging the writing of editorials or staff-written opinion pieces that identify local issues that are of should be of concern to the community, offer an opinion, and support a course of action.
The Golden Quill winner will receive a conference scholarship and travel expenses up to $500 to attend ISWNE’s annual conference at College Park, Maryland, June 28-July 2. Golden Quill runners-up (called the Golden Dozen) will receive conference scholarships if they have not previously attended an ISWNE conference.
Grassroots Editor, ISWNE’s quarterly journal, will reprint the Golden Quill and Golden Dozen editorials in the Summer 2017 issue.
For questions, contact Chad Stebbins at

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

Fergus Falls Manager Named
Mitzi Moe, 55, has been named general manager of Fergus Falls Newspapers Inc., which publishes the Daily Journal,, Early Edition, Fergus Falls The Magazine, Lakes Journal and other print and digital products.

Elina Katie Johnson wrote a weekly column "Cedar Valley New," by hand, every week for 78 years for the Floodwood Forum.  It was always local and she was never paid to write her articles.  A true labor of love.  In the hospital she wrote her final column.  She died Jan. 8, 2017 at the age of 95. Read more...

Member Classifieds:

Antique Platen Press available
Would anyone be interested in an old press that we need to move before February 15? I can send pictures. More...

The Burnett County Sentinel, a 2,500 circ. weekly an hour and a half drive from the Twin Cities, has an opening for an editor that can see beyond the obvious, tell compelling stories and be a part of the community. More...

Southwest News Media, an affiliate of Big Fish Works, an award-winning news organization located in the southwest metro areas of the Twin Cities, is looking for an experienced journalist to work in collaboration with a 20+-member news team in covering the communities we serve. More...

Southwest News Media, an affiliate of Big Fish Works, an award-winning news organization located in the southwest metro areas of the Twin Cities, will be filling its new position of Digital Content Coordinator to work in collaboration with a 20+-member news team in covering the communities we serve. More...

Graphic Designer/Inside Advertising Sales
Part-time position currently available in Maple Lake area.Starting date is early February, 2017. More...

Multi-Media Sales Representative
Perham Focus, a division of Forum Communications Company, has an immediate opening for a Multi-media Sales Consultant. More...

Suel Printing Co. is looking for a motivated, passionate individual to join its news team in south central Minnesota. More...

Fergus Falls Daily Journal seeks advertising director
The Daily Journal, a six-days-a-week newspaper in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, seeks a confident sales leader to manage and motivate a cohesive sales team and to continue our newspaper’s growth and success. More...

Future Ownership
The Voyageur Press is a weekly newspaper and we are looking for someone that is interested in owning and operating a successful paper that has been committed to Shining a Positive Light on Our Communities. More...

Publisher, Reporter, Graphic Design, Photographer
The Voyageur Press located in McGregor/Big Sandy Lake/Cromwell/Floodwood region has a position open for anyone with a passion for newspapers. More...

General Reporter for small town newspaper
The Red Lake Falls Gazette is seeking a full-time or part-time reporter to create content for its three weekly newspapers based in Red Lake Falls. More...

Sales Rep
Senior Perspective, a growing monthly newspaper serving more than 40 counties in Minnesota, is seeking a full-time or part-time sales representative in the Marshall and/or Willmar area. 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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