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SDNA Replaces “Newspaper” with “NewsMedia”

The South Dakota Newspaper Association renamed itself the South Dakota NewsMedia Association last month, because (a) who uses paper anymore? and (b) some of the best news coverage in the state is coming from digital-only outfits like South Dakota SearchlightSouth Dakota News Watch, Aberdeen Insider, and Sioux Falls Live:

The name change coincides with the association’s recent decision to expand its membership ranks to include not only newspapers but other types of news media organizations that have started the past few years including certain digital-only news outlets.

The new name also reflects trends occurring among community newspapers.

“The printed newspaper remains the bread-and-butter product in our communities, but newspapers large and small today are delivering news, information and advertising on many different media platforms,” [SDNA President Kristi] Hine said. “It’s about meeting the expectations and news consumption habits of our readers and customers” [South Dakota NewsMedia Association, press release, 2023.10.11].

SDNA has fixed up its website and Facebook page with the new name, but their  Twitter and YouTube sites are still saddled with the old Newspaper name.


  1. larry kurtz 2023-11-06 08:11

    I ended my subscription to the Black Hills Pioneer because it runs Earth hating loser, Mike Sanborn’s column.

  2. Ben Cerwinske 2023-11-06 08:17

    I will always prefer paper. Yet I know that I don’t want a paper delivered everyday full of stuff put in just to justify its existence. Perhaps not a sustainable business model, but I would very much like one paper delivered each weekend that highlights local happenings and offers some in-depth coverage of state and national issues.

  3. John Hasenauer 2023-11-06 08:43

    News papers and news magazines have been the bedrock of journalism in America since the birth of our democratic republic. The “free Press” has been the 4th leg of our democracy with competing opinions and investigative journalism which can never be replaced by slogans posted on the net– and if it does, then the fourth leg of democracy will be greatly weakened and be in danger of being controlled by autocrats. Remember Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan in the 1930s… History may again repeat itself.

  4. Bob Newland 2023-11-06 11:19

    Mike Sanborn’s imminent self-initiated demise will most likely be noted in the Black Hills Pioneer.

  5. grudznick 2023-11-06 11:25

    Coupons. What will we do for the coupons and sales ads?

  6. grudznick 2023-11-06 17:43

    Gotta have something to roll up and swat the dog.

  7. Nick Nemec 2023-11-06 18:36

    On line coupons and those remote controlled shock collars. There is no suitable substitute for a bird cage liner.

  8. Arlo Blundt 2023-11-06 21:42

    I used to really like newspapers. I liked just about everything about newspapers. Now, there is not much to like. Internet newspapers are like reading the old Readers Digest. The new, more ind-depth and literate Media newspapers which take on a few topics each edition are very welcome. I really like my old hometown paper, though I know only a few of the people anymore. I knew their Grandparents…it’s an interesting kind of instant history combined with something like eavesdropping.

  9. leslie 2023-11-11 09:56

    hahaha— Reader’s Digest!

  10. grudznick 2023-11-11 10:09

    grudznick always though the best part of the Reader’s Digest, Mr. Blundt, were the couple pages of jokes. During my twice daily constitutionals I would grab the most recent month’s copy from the back of the stool and read them repeatedly.

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