Paul Erdelt, publisher of The Steele Ozone and Kidder County Press, has been elected president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Erdelt was elected Saturday, May 5 at the association’s 132nd annual convention in Bismarck. He succeeds Harvey Brock, publisher of The Dickinson Press.
There'll be some fun at NDNA's annual convention next month in Bismarck, and some games. There also will be some good old fashioned learning about things that can help make your newspaper better and more profitable, along with a bit of politics and some free legal advice.
Without missing a deadline, the staff of the Oakes Times has overcome a fire that destroyed their office, and is now operating in new office space nearby. Fire broke out in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 25 at the Times' Main Street office. By the time firefighters arrived shortly after 1:40 a.m. fire was already into the building's roof and little could be done but to protect neighboring buildings.
Hunter Andes, a Bismarck State College student from Makoti, has been selected by NDNA to attend a reporting fellowship program in Washington, D.C. next month. This is the fifth year that NDNA, with grant funding from the NDNA Education Foundation, has participated in the national fellowship program.
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.