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 2019! To apply, editor-publisher teams interested in being considered for the program should send an email to Lisa Hills at lisa@mna.org.

Learn more here.


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


Cohort’s from the 2018 Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program

Front Row: Stacy Ruff, Michelle Van Hee, Peter Grimsrud, Mike Dalton, Ted Almen
Second Row: Mirja Hanson, Brielle Bredsten, Jason Miller, Jordan Almen, Paula Quam, Terry Lehrke, Lisa Hills