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Best of the best: NDNA honors newspapers for excellence in journalism

North Dakota’s top newspapers by circulation class include the New Rockford Transcript (small weeklies), Hillsboro Banner (mid-sized weeklies), Walsh County Record in Grafton (large weeklies), Daily News in Wahpeton (small multi-day), and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (large multi-day).

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New NDNA president takes the helm  as statewide news leader

Amy Dalrymple, editor of the Bismarck Tribune, was elected president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, the 133rd person to lead the statewide association in its 136-year history. Dalrymple was elected on Friday, May 7, 2021, during NDNA’s annual meeting, when she took the reins of the organization from outgoing president Matt Von Pinnon, editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

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Initiative could provide in-depth reporting across N.D.

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.

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Get the gold at NDNA's awards May 7

With the joint convention delayed until Oct. 14-16, 2021, in Deadwood, S.D., awards can’t wait! This year, NDNA will be offering awards virtually, so mark your calendar for May 7.

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Oral history project captures impact on community journalism during a pandemic

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.

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Newspapers successfully rally lawmakers

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.

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Time to rally against harmful legislation

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.

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Legislative interns ready for important session

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.

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NDNA board chooses new executive director

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.

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Survey shows strong readership in state

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.

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