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134th Annual MNA Convention

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PRESS RELEASE The 134th Annual Convention of the Montana Newspaper Association was held June 7 & 8 in Big Sky, Montana. Association members chose Kellyn Brown of the Flathead Beacon as the 2019-2020 President. Erin Leonard of the Madisonian was elected 1st Vice President. Chad Knudsen, from the Glendive Ranger Review was elected 2nd Vice President, and

Montana Newspaper Foundation awards 2019 internship grants

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Montana Newspaper Foundation awards 2019 internship grants Internships offer great opportunities for students with a passion for the newspaper industry and our Montana Newspaper Association professional members.  Students gain relevant firsthand experience and use their internship experience to secure good jobs and our MNA members build relationships that may lead to job candidates. The Montana

Harry Neale Downs Obituary

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Harry Neale Downs Obituary Harry Neale “Skip” Downs, 87, of Wolf Point died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at Northeast Montana Health Services – Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point with family by his side. He was born March 31, 1931, in Hackinsack, Minn., to Harry N. and Mamie (Wynn) Downs. Skip’s newspaper career spanned the days

Matt Gibson named MNA Executive Director

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Matt Gibson has been hired as the next executive director of the Montana Newspaper Association. Gibson will replace Jim Rickman who is retiring on January 4, 2019 after serving the newspaper industry for 41 years. “The Montana Newspaper Association is the strongest advocate for free speech, open government, and professional news standards in the state,

Statement: CNN Lawsuit to Restore White House Journalist’s Press Credentials

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In response to CNN’s filing of a law suit against the Trump administration seeking the reinstatement of its White House reporter’s press credentials The News Media Alliance stands in full support of CNN’s defense of its First Amendment rights. We need quality journalism – now more than ever – from respected news organizations employing professional

National Newspaper Association welcomes new management team

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The National Newspaper Association, an organization of 2,400 members representing community newspapers across the United States, has engaged Lynne Lance Association Management (LLAM) to operate its headquarters after Jan. 1, 2019. Lance previously served as NNA’s chief operating officer during its management by Illinois Press Association. NNA’s management relationship with IPA ends December 31. “NNA

Jim Strauss to lead the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic

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By the Missoulian James V. Strauss, former publisher and editor of the Great Falls Tribune, has been named the new publisher of the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic. “Jim is an exceptional leader with a history of exemplary service in Montana,” said Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing and Lee group publisher. “His

Lee names new regional publisher in Helena and Butte

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (October 16, 2018) — Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), a leading provider of news, information and advertising in 49 markets, announced today that Anita Fasbender has been named regional publisher of the Independent Record in Helena, Montana, and The Montana Standard in Butte. “Anita has a wealth of experience in these markets,” said Nathan Bekke, Lee vice

Gulledge named interim publisher of Missoulian, Ravalli Republic

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by the Missoulian Mike Gulledge has been named the interim publisher of the Missoulian and Ravalli Republic, effective Oct. 1. “Mike is an energetic and thoughtful leader. We are extremely fortunate to have him serve as interim publisher,” said Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing and group publisher for Lee Enterprises, the

Lee Changes Course With Publisher

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By the Missoulian A day after introducing a new publisher to oversee its western Montana newspapers, including the Missoulian, Lee Enterprises changed course. “Due to recent developments, Paul McArthur will not be joining Lee Enterprises,” said Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing and group publisher for the Iowa-based media company. Bekke declined

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