MNA committees meet three to five times per year to advise MNA staff and the board of directors about member programs, MNA initiatives and industry trends.

Advertising/Digital Media Committee

Advances Minnesota newspapers through advertising research, promotion, revenue-generating ideas and sales strategies. The committee:

  • guides MNA’s advertising service and makes recommendations to the board of directors about MNA sales programs.
  • oversees development and implementation of digital online revenue programs for members and the industry.
  • recommends advertising training topics for MNA members.
  • researches technology and new media strategies, making recommendations to the board of directors about programs or vendor relationships.

Member Services Committee

The Member Services Committee plays a key role in MNA’s member benefits. The committee:

  • makes recommendations to the MNA Board of Directors for new member services and offers suggestions for programming.
  • reviews applications for MNA membership.
  • reviews proposals from vendors seeking to market products or services to MNA members.
  • oversees the annual MNA professional newspaper contest.

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee meets in January and as needed throughout the year. The committee:

  • oversees and guides the association’s legislative priorities.
  • reviews the agenda for upcoming legislative sessions at the MNA annual newspaper convention each January.
  • monitors government activities and makes recommendations to the board of directors regarding association lobbying efforts.

Journalism Education Committee

Advances journalism on behalf of Minnesota communities. The committee:

  • encourages strong college, high school and community-based journalism training programs through an internship program and other strategies.
  • recommends reporting, photography/video, ethics and digital journalism training for MNA members.
  • hosts the annual Better Newspaper Contest for Minnesota student journalists.
  • performs outreach to Minnesota’s college journalism programs.

If you would like to serve on an MNA committee, call Lisa Hills at 612-278-0222 or email