Newspapers could lay down and play dead. Or they could be part of a movement led by a new nonprofit organization, North Dakota News Cooperative, to enhance the content in the state's newspapers through a statewide reporting service.
When word that Country Media, the Oregon-based owner of the Cavalier County Republican in Langdon, N.D., planned to abruptly close the newspaper, Bob Simmons thought to himself, this community needs its newspaper.
The Donovan and Betty Witham Symposium on Excellence in Newspapers will be held virtually on November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, featuring a variety of sessions aimed at helping newspaper members from across the state come together and sharpen their skills.
During the NDNA Board meeting held on Oct. 15, Jill Friesz was elected to serve as a director, and former 2nd Vice President Amy Wobbema was elected to serve as 1st Vice President, filling the remainder of the seat formerly held by Cecile Wehrman. Director Cole Short was elected to serve as 2nd Vice President.
The Walsh County Record won 11 awards in this year’s National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. Other ND wins include: The Leader-News, The Journal, and Tioga Tribune.
The North Dakota News Cooperative (NDNC) is poised to begin producing news stories and content for use by news outlets across the state, after work started by the Future of Newspapers Committee has blossomed into a full-fledged nonprofit. The group’s board of directors plans to post the position of managing editor in the coming months, with content expected to begin being distributed to newspapers in 2022.
North Dakota newspapers brought home the gold last week, securing a victory in the Best of the Dakotas newspaper contest, sweeping three of five general excellence circulation categories and bringing home the traveling trophy in the rivalry contest between North and South Dakota newspapers.