John Andrist, a member of the NDNA Hall of Fame and the only North Dakotan to serve as president of the National Newspaper Association, died Jan. 17, 2017 at the age of 86. Community journalism was a lifelong passion for Andrist, who grew up in the back shop of the newspaper his father operated in Crosby.
Funded by a grant from the NDNA Education Foundation, NDNA has produced a 14-minute video that offers a primer on how to spot fake news, how to responsbly share information on social media, and the importance of real news using journalistic standards.
Every year, the North Dakota Newspaper Association requests photos to be sent from our member newspaper photographers for a chance at winning a place on the covers of the NDNA promotional materials. NDNA members submitted 72 entries this year for the 2018 publications.
Helping prepare young journalists for media careers is front and center in a record package of grants approved this month by the NDNA Education Foundation board. In approving 13 grants for $77,200, both record amounts, the board doubled down on the internship program, helped launch a high school and college media association, continued funding scholarships and fellowships, and initiated a new program that will put journalism students to work for N.D. Newspapers.
Meeting in Medora, the NDNA board last month chose the site for the next NDNA-SDNA joint convention -- Medora. Though concerned about whether the distant location would discourage some SDNA members from attending, the NDNA board saw Medora as a "destination" location that would put one of the state's crown jewels on display for newspaper folk from the south.
The buzz these days is all about online devices, but North Dakotans interested in their communities still turn to newspapers for reliable information, a new study shows. It also reveals that North Dakotans are perfectly happy with newspapers as the primary carrier of public notices from local and state government entities.
Harvey Brock, publisher of The Dickinson Press, has been elected president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Brock was elected Friday, April 28 at the association’s 131st annual convention in Aberdeen, S.D. He succeeds Sara Plum, editor of the Benson County Farmers Press in Minnewaukan and The Lakota American.
North Dakota newspapers have been judged “Best of the Dakotas” in four of five circulation categories. The awards were handed out Friday, April 28, 2017 during a joint convention of newspaper association members from the two states. This is the third time that newspapers from the two Dakotas have gone head-to-head in a general excellence style competition. The first time, in 2013, North Dakota won three of the five categories.