Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program

The Minnesota News Media Institute is pleased to present the Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program. Funded in part by a generous grant from the Blandin Foundation, the program was founded in 2005 and modeled after the successful Blandin Community Leadership Program.

Annually, MNI recruits editor-publisher teams who want to develop their community leadership and vision skills. The program encourages newspapers to develop and strengthen social capital within their communities, to learn of the power they have to frame issues and mobilize action and ultimately helps them to advance the health and vibrancy of their communities.

Program participants gain inclusive access to the program, including tuition, meals, and lodging. All costs are covered by the Minnesota Newspaper Association, the Minnesota News Media Institute and the Blandin Foundation.

View the list of program participants 2005-2018

Each year, eight newspapers are selected to participate in the Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program. We are currently accepting applications for those interested in participating in 2018! To apply, editor-publisher teams interested in being considered for the program should send an email to Lisa Hills at lisa@mna.org.

Click here to meet Cohort 14, the “Class of 2018”

Click here to view photos from Cohort 13

Photos from the Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program

Cohort 12: The Class of 2016
Cohort 11: The Class of 2015
9 Dimensions of a Healthy Community
Cohort 10: The Class of 2014
Cohort 9: The Class of 2013
Participants head back to their newspapers certified community leaders.
Cohort 8: Class of 2012
2014 Participating Newspapers
2016 Alumni Workshop
2016 Workshop
Grand Rapids Herald Review project
Joe Spear at 2016 Workshop
Albert Lea Tribune project
Reed Anfinson at 2016 Workshop
2016 Workshop
2016 Workshop
Lisa Hills, Joe Spear, Mirja Hanson
2016 Workshop
At Retreat I, participants learn about the community leadership concepts of social captial, framing and mobilization.
Adam Hoogenakker
Lisa Hills & Michael Jacobson
Julie Bergman, program alum, talks to 2013 participants about taking what they learn back to their newspapers.
Hint: it involves beach balls.
Creating front page headlines from Retreat I
Retreat I headlines
Each program participant develops and presents to the group a community leadership project developed as part of the program.
Jakki Wehking and Jennifer Marquardt, Parkers Prairie Independent, present their plan to facilitate the addition of a new acquatic center in their community.
Doris Knutson, Northern Light Region (Baudette), described the process the paper lead the community through to combine the two former papers into one.
Chad Koenen, Citizen's Advocate (Henning), describes the winter festival he plans to bring to his community this year.
Mike Gainor, Pine City Pioneer, presents his project which looks into the question of why people settle and stay in Pine City.
Ed Pawlenty and Gabe Licht, Maple Lake Messenger, describe proposed capital projects in their school district.
Jerry Johnson, Fulda Free Press, talks about how he will work to lead his community to improve drinking water quality for residents.
Dan Nordine, North Star News (Karlstad), talks about his coverage of turmoil in the area EMS service district
Ed Pawlenty and Janet Widness, Battle Lake Review, talk about how they will inform and lead their community through a large, upcoming road construction project
The 8 Dimensions of a Healthy Community
Projects covered all Eight Dimensions of a Healthy Community
Wade Weber & Mike Gainor, Pine City Pioneer
Jakki Wehking & Jennifer Marquardt, Parkers Prairie Independent
Chad Koenen, Citizen's Advocate (Henning)
Janet Widness, Battle Lake Review. Gabe Licht, Maple Lake Messenger. Ed Pawlenty, co-publisher of both papers.
Jerry Johnson, Fulda Free Press
Cohort 12: The Class of 2016
Cohort 11: The Class of 2015