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September 29, 2015 - Issue 39

Publishers: Please remember to send your
2015 Statement of Ownership to MNA.


The 2014-2015 Professional Better Newspaper Contest submission period will soon expire! All entries must be submitted via the online system by 11 p.m. TOMORROW, Wednesday, Sept. 30. Categories that require mail-in entry materials must be postmarked on or before Sept. 30. Entries postmarked later than Sept. 30 will not be accepted. Hand deliveries must be made to the MNA office by 5:00 p.m.,Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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

To submit contest entries during the contest period, please visit:

The contest entry fee is $9/entry and is payable by check or credit card (PayPal).

Entries in this year’s contest will be judged by experienced members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at or 612-278-0250.

Please note: College Contest entries are due October 13.

Visit our Better Newspaper Contest page for more info

Body Camera Data Classification Update

A second attempt by Minnesota law enforcement agencies in less than a year to persuade the state Department of Administration to immediately expand restrictions on public access to video and audio captured by police body cameras has again been rejected.  Yesterday, the Commissioner of Administration denied a request to temporarily prohibit access to most such data for up to two years, until the Legislature can address the issue.
Several Minnesota police departments, spearheaded by the Maplewood P. D., had requested a temporary data classification from the Department, a rarely used procedure that is authorized by the Data Practices Act in cases where the need for classification is sufficiently compelling that it can’t wait until the next legislative session.  The police departments argued that the classifications found in current law aren’t adequate to cover all of the intrusive and sensitive kinds of video and audio that body cameras may record, and that serious harm would result if broader classifications weren’t immediately adopted.
But in Monday’s ruling, Commissioner Matt Massman said the temporary classification rules don’t permit the Department to classify the body camera information as private or confidential, because under current law much of that data is defined as public, and the Department is not allowed to override legislative decisions about data classifications.

Massman did urge the Legislature to clarify the classification of body camera data, and there’s little doubt that this will be a major topic on the legislative agenda for the 2016 session.

MNA opposed the temporary classification request, and believes that the data classifications found in current law are for the most part sufficient to protect sensitive data, while preserving enhanced accountability and understanding with respect to law enforcement work that body camera technology offers.  The Department of Administration rejected a similar request from the Duluth police department last December.

Visit IPAD’s website: to view the request and response from Commissioner Matt Massman.

Oct. 4-10: National Newspaper Week 2015

This year marks the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week (NNW),October 4-10, 2015.  This observance underscores the impact of newspapers to communities large and small.

NNW content kit has been created for you and contains editorials, editorial cartoons, promotional ads and more that are available for download at no charge to newspapers across North America. NNW is sponsored and coordinated by Newspaper Association Managers, Inc., a consortium of North American trade associations representing the industry on a state and provincial, regional and national basis.

The theme of this year’s NNW is “Power of the Press.”

NEWSPAPERS:  PLEASE PROMOTE National Newspaper Week by downloading these materials and devoting as many column inches as possible to reinforce the importance of newspapers to the communities and cities we serve.  PLEASE ALSO EDITORIALIZE LOCALLY about how your newspaper is relevant to your community.  This can be about your government watchdog role, coverage of community events, providing timely public notices, etc.

Following NNW, the materials will remain on the website and can be accessed by newspapers for use throughout the year since our message is timeless.

We deeply appreciate your participation and support.

Lisa Hills, NAM President, 2015
Minnesota Newspaper Association

Layne Bruce, NNW Chairman, 2015
Mississippi Press Association

Click here to access the NNW content kit.

2015 Daily Meeting - Next Week!

October 8 - 9, 2015

If you have not yet signed up to join us for the 2015 MNA Daily Meeting, registration is open through Monday, October 5.  

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.

More information and register...

Circulation Workshop: Everything you need to know about carrier contracting

October 29, St. Cloud
Early Bird Registration: $55

The Minnesota News Media Institute is excited to partner again with the Northern States Circulation Managers Association to present a day-long training workshop developed for newspaper circulation professionals. Last year's session was a hit -- this year you'll learn everything you need to know about carrier contracting! All MNA and NSCMA members are welcome to attend.

Program Description:

"Independent Contractor - From Beginning to Termination" – Mark Johnson (The Post-Crescent, Appleton WI) and Matthew Wolcanski (The Post-Crescent, Appleton WI) will teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about carrier contracting. 

The session will entail the entire scoop of the independent contractor/carrier process from recruiting, contracting, managing the contract agreement, retention and termination of the contract agreement.

The session will run from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. There will be a break for lunch and networking at noon (lunch will be provided). 

Register online now:

3rd Quarter MCAN/2x2 Tracking Forms Due TOMORROW!

The 3rd quarter tracking information for 2015 is due back by Wednesday, September 30.

The forms were emailed to ALL participating members earlier this year.

If you did not get the form, it is available on the MNA website HERE all year long.

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.

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,

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!

30th Annual Silha Lecture, "Clear and Present Danger: Covering National Security Issues in the Post-9/11 World"

Monday, October 19 
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union, Theater 
University of Minnesota, East Bank
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, government officials often justify secrecy as necessary to protect national security. But without information, how can citizens hold their government accountable? To gather the news the public needs to know, journalists may turn to sources who will speak only on the condition that their identities are kept confidential. When leaks trigger criminal investigations, zealous prosecutors subpoena reporters to force them to reveal their sources. Journalists who refuse to testify face the threat of fines and jail. The result is a no-win situation for sources, for journalists, and for the public. One journalist who has faced this predicament is New York Times investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner James Risen. Risen and his attorney, Joel Kurtzberg, will discuss the legal and journalistic challenges that arise when reporting the national security beat and using confidential sources.

Register Today for October Webinars!

Check out the upcoming webinars from Online Media Campus!

Mapping Your Digital Strategy

Thursday, October 15
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

You plan for your print paper; why wouldn’t you plan for digital? You don’t just produce a newspaper anymore — so you should know what you have and what you need to provide news on all platforms.

This presentation will answer questions, including:

  • When should your staff meet, and how often?
  • What should you discuss?
  • How should you share information?
  • How should you put your plan to work?
  • What tools can you use?

As a bonus, we also will include tips and best practices from GateHouse Media’s Digital Transformation project.

Who should attend: Digital editors, managing editors and anyone with a hand in shaping the day.

More information and register...

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

Friday, October 16
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Do you find yourself scratching your head when it comes to labor laws and regulations for independent contractors? Join Michael Zinser for this informative webinar to gain a better understanding of these important labor issues.

In this session, Zinser will cover:

  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule to increase salary thresholds to make overtime exemptions more difficult.
  • The National Labor Relations Board’s war on independent contractors.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s new guidance memo attacking independent contractor status under the Federal Wage and Hour Law.

This session is beneficial for managers interested in better understanding wage and labor legal issues.

More information and register...

Upcoming Event: UMD Alumna Cheryl Diaz Meyer, "Bearing Witness: Iraq and Afghanistan"

Thursday, October. 8, 7:00 p.m.

Photojournalist Cheryl Diaz Meyer will show her work and speak about covering the war in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, which won her the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for Breaking News Photography. Diaz Meyer will recount her experiences with the Yezidis, who have been rarely photographed, and their fate today as victims of ISIS. Cheryl Diaz Meyer won the 2004 Pulitizer Prize for Breaking News Photography with David Leeson for their images depicting the invasion and aftermath of the U.S. -led war in Iraq. She is the Visual Editor at McClatchy News, Washington, D.C. bureau and an adjunct professor of photojournalism at the University of Maryland. Diaz Meyer's work has been published and is exhibited internationally. She has documented stories in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Sponsored by the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion and UMD Royal D. Alworth Jr. Institute for International Studies.

More information

If you have news to share in the MNA Tradewinds,
please email us:
Dorothy Townsend Casserly, 89, passed away September 25, 2015 at her home in Minneapolis of complications from a stroke. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1948. After graduation, she worked at the Faribault Daily News and as the assistant director of Public Relations at the Radisson Hotel. She was also a reporter and columnist for the Belle Plaine Herald, and a reporter and Managing Editor of the Sun Current newspapers in multiple Twin Cities suburbs. After retirement, she wrote for Twin Cities’ neighborhood newspapers. Ms. Casserly won numerous awards for her writing and reporting, including from the Minnesota Newspaper Association, Minnesota Women’s Press, and the Minnesota Education Association. Continue reading...

New digital director joins Southwest News Media

Tim Brower has joined Big Fish Digital/Southwest News Media as director of Digital Strategy and Operations.

Brower has worked for more than 17 years in digital media, focusing on helping drive company business goals and achieving client successes. Most recently, he worked for Gannett Co. Inc. as a senior manager of email product sales and development.

Prior to that, Brower spent 15-plus years at, a joint venture of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, starting out as a project manager and rising to director of digital sales and development, then director of innovation and product development. Continue reading...

Member Classifieds:

Printer Drawers & Tables Available
Miscellaneous print shop items available! Several printer tables, 24 drawer type cabinet, other items available, including type. More (photos)...

Producer Team Leader
Times Media, a Gannett Company, has an opening for a lead producer who will help shape our coverage online and in print. More...

Graphic Designer/Sales Support
The Belle Plaine Herald is looking for a full-time Graphic Design/Sales Support professional. More...

Reporter for Weekly Newspaper
The Henderson Independent is seeking a full-time, experienced Reporter. More...

Sports writer
The Marshall Independent, an award-winning six-day-a-week Ogden newspaper in southwest Minnesota, is seeking an energetic full-time sports reporter with strong people skills and an ability to work independently, as well as with a small team. More...

Weekly Newspaper For Sale
1,700 circulation, member of Southwestern Peach, modern computer system, commercial printing, office products, SW Minnesota.  More...

Reporter - Morrison County Record
The Morrison County Record in Little Falls, MN, and the Dairyland Peach, in Sauk Centre, MN, two award-winning free distribution newspapers under common ownership, are looking for a full-time general assignment reporter to cover the news and work on special projects. More...

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...

New Listings: Newspapers for Sale
Superb Weekly in Prime Lakes Country in Minnesota. Gross revenue app. $400,000 with nice profit margin. 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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National Newspaper Association 129th Annual Convention and Trade Show
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MNA Committee Meetings
October 14

Mapping Your Digital Strategy
October 15

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

30th Annual Silha Lecture, “Clear and Present Danger: Covering National Security Issues in the Post-9/11 World”
October 19

Exploring Respect in Reporting
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2015 Circulation Workshop: Everything you need to know about carrier contracting
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