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New convention-al wisdom
March 27, 2020

New convention-al wisdom

There is no business as usual these days. Following the NDNA board’s decision to postpone the May 7-9 annual convention, decisions have been made about what will happen instead.

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NDNA Convention Postponed

The North Dakota Newspaper Association annual convention has been postponed amid concerns about COVID-19. The event was originally scheduled for the second weekend in May. A new date has not yet been set, but the NDNA board will meet next week to consider options.

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Elgin's Schatz to join <br>NDNA Hall of Fame

Duane Schatz, a longtime newspaper publisher from Grant County and past president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, is about to become the 55th member of the NDNA Hall of Fame.

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Focusing on a bright future

With a nod to the notion that newspapers have a bright future despite the disruptions of the past, this year's NDNA convention aims to "Focus on the Future." The convention will be held May 7-9 at the Radisson Hotel Bismarck.

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Fargo editor set to take reins of NDNA

Matt Von Pinnon, editor of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, has been nominated for the presidency of NDNA. Election of officers and directors will be held May 9 at the association's annual meeting in Bismarck. Von Pinnon will succeed Karen Speidel of the News-Monitor, which serves rural Richland County.

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Distinguished Service winner named

Mike Maidenberg, who as publisher helped lead the Grand Forks Herald to a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of a historic flood, has been chosen to receive NDNA's Distinguished Service Award.

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Will millennials read newspapers?

North Dakota millennials trust their local newspapers more than any other media. But they don't subscribe. At the same time, getting news from TV or radio "is almost a foreign concept" to them, says Kevin Slimp.

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Witham Symposium crowd was small, but attendees say presenters packed a punch

Only 32 people attended this year's Witham Symposium on Excellence in Newspapers, but those who did found the six presentations to be well worth their while.

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Courting millennials, promoting journalism

Kevin Slimp is chomping at the bit to quiz North Dakota millennials about how they get news. He'll do so Oct. 17 during the Witham Symposium on Excellence in Newspapers. And while that millennial focus group is still two weeks off, he's already planning to talk about it at presentations in other states next month.

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Symposium offers tips on advertising, news, HR

This year's Witham Symposium on Excellence in Newspapers will feature presentations on advertising, writing and reporting, human relations basics and more. The annual event sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation will be held Oct. 17-18 at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy located on the campus of Bismarck State College.

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