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August 25, 2015 - Issue 34

Check your Mailbox This Week! Newspaper Contest rule and instruction packets were mailed to all MNA member newspapers and collegiate publications this week! 

The contest system will be open for entries beginning Tuesday, September 1. 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

Presenting The Class of 2015

On Friday, August 14, the 11th Cohort of the Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program officially graduated.  Representing seven newspapers from Albert Lea to Grygla, Minnesota, the 12 participants have been developing community leadership skills since April. The program, founded in 2005 by the Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation, is modeled after the Blandin Community Leadership Program and gives editor and publisher pairs leadership, vision and mobilization skills to take back to their communities.  The program has since been taken over by the Minnesota News Media Institute, the nonprofit training arm of MNA.  Nearly 165 individuals from dozens of MNA member newspapers have graduated from the program over the past decade. The program is generously funded by the Blandin Foundation.

Pictured above:
Front Row (L-R): Paul Downer, Steve Prinsen, Britta Arendt, Mary Brenk, Jody Hanson.
Back Row (L-R): Kevin Cederstrom, Mirja Hanson, Crystal Miller, Sarah Stultz, Pippi Mayfield, Kari Sundberg, Mark Roy. Not pictured: Tara Bitzan.

If you would like to view more photos from the 2015 Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program, click here to view the album.

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Pohlad Hours Due No Later Than Sept. 18!

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:

Save the Date: 2015 Daily Newspaper Meeting

October 8 - October 9 | Registration fee TBA

Presented by the Minnesota News Media Institute, in partnership with the Minnesota Newspaper Association and meeting chair Chris Knight, APG Media of Minnesota.

The annual MNA Daily meeting is always a participant favorite and will be held in Minneapolis this year!  Leaders from daily newspapers (and non-dailies too!) are invited to participate in this two-day summit.  The meeting will kick off around noon on Thursday (10/8)  adjourn by noon on Friday (10-9). More details and registration information will be forthcoming. Save the date!!

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.

More information on our website

Calling All Contest Judges!

We're looking for a few award-winning contest judges to help choose the winners of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Will you help??

MNA’s 2014-2015 contest partner is the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.  We need 50+ MNA members, with Editorial, Advertising, Photo/Multimedia expertise, to review and judge entries submitted in the WNA Better Newspaper Contest. 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 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! We suggest that you enlist the help of your talented coworkers as well!

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 would be interested in judging.

Email LuAnn Yattaw, or call 612-278-0235 to sign up. Thank you!  

Not a subscriber? Sign up for 2014-15 Legal Hotline Today!

A tremendous asset! The smartest money you’ll spend all year.

LegalHotline2014MNA’s Legal Hotline begins its 30th year on September 1.  As current program participants know, one call could save your newspaper thousands of dollars in legal fees.

The Legal Hotline provides subscribers with a reliable, low-cost, accessible source of expert legal advice in most areas of law affecting newspapers. MNA’s Legal Hotline, provided by MNA Attorney Mark Anfinson, allows newspapers of all sizes to have ready access to answers for legal questions.

If you are NOT already a subscriber, sign up now by filling out and returning the MNA Legal Hotline Registration Form.  Please  review the Legal Hotline Brochure to learn more about the program.

If you are currently a Hotline subscriber, look for the 2014-2015 invoice to arrive soon. (If you do not wish to continue with the program, let us know by contacting Debbie at

Here’s what current subscribers have to say about the Legal Hotline:

“Without question the legal hotline and Mark Anfinson have been a tremendous asset to our papers for years. I have yet to stump him with any legal issues and the speed with which he responds is incredible. His understanding of media law is vast and amplified by his every day exposure to the issues that newspapers consider land mines. Owners, publishers, managers and reporters across the state can call the hotline with confidence that any nervousness they may have about libel, copyright, political advertising or online comments can be carefully dissected, disarmed and explained so exposure is minimized without compromising the story.”

–Keith Anderson, director of news, ECM Publishers

“The very concept of the legal hotline is an excellent one, but when you add someone with Mark Anfinson’s vast experience and wisdom as part of the deal, it’s absolutely indispensable. Mark knows libel and data practices law backwards and forwards and he can almost instantly get to the nub of any issue, no matter how complex. I’ve never failed to be impressed by his knowledge and his practical, common sense approaches to just about any issue that might arise. I would never, ever be without the Legal Hotline. It’s the smartest money you’ll spend all year.”

— Marshall Helmberger, Managing Editor, The Timberjay Newspapers

More information on MNA's website...

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...

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Member Classifieds:

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...

Reporter looking to move to editor?
The Amery Free Press, a 4,600 circ. weekly an hour drive from the Twin Cities, has an opening for a reporter that can see beyond the obvious, tell compelling stories and be a part of the community. More... 

Multi Media Sales Position
Montevideo Publishing has a sales opening for an established territory in the Montevideo area. More...

Seeking great reporter
The West Central Tribune is seeking a talented journalist to cover our local and regional public safety beat and report in print, digital and video forms. More...

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

Reporter - Perham
Award-winning weekly newspaper seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic general assignment reporter. More...

Managing Editor
The Messenger, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, is seeking an energetic managing editor for our newsroom’s top leadership position. We publish a 7-day a.m. daily newspaper, as well as other weekly and monthly niche publications. More...

Full-Time Reporter 
The Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages is seeking a qualified candidate to be our next full-time reporter. More...

Marketing Consultant 
The West Central Tribune is now hiring a full time Marketing Consultant. More...

Advertising Coordinator
The West Central Tribune is now hiring a full time Advertising Coordinator. More...

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...

Weekly Quick Clicks

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Met Transit video footage ruled public
(Courtesy of MN Lawyer)

KSTP wins fight over bus video

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has sided with KSTP-TV in the station's bid to force the Metropolitan Council to release video footage from Metro Transit buses.

The three-judge panel rejected the Met Council's arguments that the two videos at issue should be classified as private 'personnel data' because they were used to investigate allegations of misconduct by the bus drivers.

"Data that are not initially classified as private personnel data are not automatically converted to private data merely because the data are used for personnel purposes," the court held in opinion authored by Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich. If that were the case, Chutich wrote, "a government entity could potentially claim that virtually any data serve a role in its investigation and thereby reclassify those data as private 'personnel data.'"


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