An idea that sprung from the Future of Newspapers Committee is gaining steam: the potential for a nonprofit news service in North Dakota that would provide high-quality, in-depth reporting for all the state’s newspapers.
A new project preserving the history of the impact of COVID-19 on community journalism in the middle of the country is now live on Poynter’s website. About 700 pages worth of interviews with journalists from North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana capture the challenges and opportunities faced by rural newspapers in the early days of the pandemic.
Newspaper voices have been heard loud and clear during this legislative session. Every bill that would have negatively affected public notice requirements has been effectively killed either in committee or on the floor, and a bill that would have made mug shots confidential in most instances failed by a narrow margin on the House floor.
The 67th session of the North Dakota State Legislature is in full swing – albeit with some modifications in place to help curb the potential spread of Covid-19. Public testimony is in some cases limited to written submissions, but that presents an opportunity: Even if you aren’t able to travel to Bismarck to testify, your outreach to legislators can have a big impact in ensuring proposed legislation that would harm the state’s newspapers is dead on arrival.
Three interns are gearing up to cover the upcoming legislative session as part of the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation internship program. Alexandra Kautzman, Dylan Sherman, and Brayden Zenker said they are excited to learn from the opportunity while sharing their legislative session articles with member newspapers.
Sarah Elmquist Squires, editor of a twice-weekly newspaper in Winona, Minn, will take the helm of the NDNA beginning Dec. 1. She will succeed Steve Andrist, becoming the ninth executive director of the 134-year-old newspaper association.
North Dakotans read newspapers even more today than they did six years ago, according to the results of a new survey conducted for NDNA by Coda Ventures of Nashville, Tenn. The survey shows that 86 percent of North Dakota adults read a local newspaper, up 3 percent from the NDNA's last survey, in 2014.