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.

NOTE: About the 2020 Editors & Publishers program:
With the Editor and Publisher Community Leadership Training program wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MNI partnered with the Blandin Foundation to instead offer a series of Virtual Peer Networking programs, which proved an enormous success with members. Participant survey results were overwhelmingly positive and nearly all requested the MNI offer additional networking discussions, which it did in October. The Blandin Foundation graciously agreed to extend its three-year grant for the Editor and Publisher Community Leadership Training program an extra year.

View the list of program participants 2005-2019

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 2020! 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 15, the “Class of 2019”

Cohort’s from the 2019 Editors & Publishers Community Leadership Program

Front Row: Sean Ellertson, Chris Knight, Lisa Drafall, Mike Dalton
Second Row: Jerry Burnes, Shelly Zeller, Karin Ramige, Deborah Moldaschel, Lisa Hills, Mirja Hanson