Garretson publisher elected 

to lead state's newspaper association

 

   Garrick Moritz, publisher of the
Garretson Gazette, was elected the
136th president of the South Dakota
Newspaper Association during the
association’s annual meeting May 14.

   The membership meeting was held
during the association’s 139th
convention at Mitchell.

   Moritz and his wife, Carrie, have
published and edited the Gazette
since October 2015 when they
purchased the newspaper.

   Moritz becomes a fourth generation to serve as president of SDNA. His father, Jim Moritz, was president in 1994. His grandfather, Bert Moritz, was president in 1970 and his great-grandfather, B.W. “Jeff” Condit, served in 1955.

   “There is an argument that newspapers are dead and there is no future in it. They made this same argument in my grandfather’s time. I don’t believe it, I never have, and I never will, because it’s simply not true,” Garrick Moritz said. “Our readership and audience data prove this is not true, and I have seen with my own eyes the difference that a newspaper can have in making their communities a better place to live, work and raise families.”

   “Newspapers are a bastion of objective truth in an age of misinformation. Certainly, our industry is facing new challenges as well as all the old ones. However, our member newspapers have a vital role in their communities and across the state. I love my adopted home of Garretson. I love South Dakota. I’m honored and humbled to have been chosen to serve as president of the South Dakota Newspaper Association,” the SDNA president added.

   Also elected to the SDNA Board of Directors were: first vice president Kristi Hine of the Wessington Springs True Dakotan; second vice president Cory Myers of the Argus Leader at Sioux Falls; third vice president Molly McRoberts of the Potter County News at Gettysburg; director LeeAnne Dufek of Hamlin County Publishing at Castlewood; and immediate past president Robert Slocum of the Timber Lake Topic. 

   The South Dakota Newspaper Association, based in Brookings, represents the state’s 113 weekly and daily newspapers. Every month, 574,000 consumers -- 83% of South Dakota adults -- read local newspapers in print and online, according to a statewide survey commissioned by SDNA and conducted by Coda Ventures in September 2021.

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Two former daily publishers to be inducted into newspaper hall of fame

 

   Two former daily newspaper
publishers – both of whom served as
president of the South Dakota
Newspaper Association – will be
inducted into the South Dakota
Newspaper Hall of Fame on May 13
during the 139th SDNA convention
in Mitchell.

   Jon Hunter succeeded his father
and grandfather as publisher of the
Madison Daily Leader and now joins
both as a third-generation member
of the Newspaper Hall of Fame.
Hunter was publisher of the Daily
Leader for 31 years before selling
the newspaper and printing business
n 2021. He was president of SDNA in
1996-97.

   Mark Roby was born in Watertown,
worked part-time as a sports reporter
at the Watertown Public Opinion in
high school and went on to a
successful career in the corporate
world before returning to Watertown
in 2002 to be publisher of the Public
Opinion. He retired as president and
regional publisher of the Dakota Media Group (Watertown and Aberdeen newspapers) in 2017. Roby was president of SDNA in 2008-09.

   “We are delighted to honor Jon Hunter and Mark Roby with induction into the Newspaper Hall of Fame,” SDNA President and Timber Lake Topic Publisher Robert Slocum said. “Both of them have contributed mightily to not only the newspaper industry, but to their communities and to our state as well. Jon and Mark set the standard for their dedication to quality community journalism and community newspapers.”

   Beyond his work at the Daily Leader, Hunter is a founding director of South Dakota News Watch and serves as its secretary today. He was a member and chairman of the South Dakota Investment Council. He served on the boards of the Dakota State University Foundation, Lake Area Improvement Corporation, Karl E. Mundt Foundation and the South Dakota Heritage Fund. He also taught finance to undergraduates at Dakota State University.

   Roby has served on numerous community and state boards and organizations as well. Like Hunter, Roby was a founding director of South Dakota News Watch. He serves on the board of directors for the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown. In 2013, Roby was appointed by then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the South Dakota Judicial Qualifications Commission. He currently serves on the South Dakota Special Committee on Judicial Elections.

   Both Hunter and Roby have been active members in SDNA. Besides their terms on the SDNA Board of Directors, both newspapermen are longtime members of the SDNA First Amendment Committee, which advocates for open government and First Amendment issues at the state and national levels. Hunter is one of only a small number of newspaper publishers who has served multiple terms on the SDNA Board. As SDNA president, Roby oversaw the association’s fundraising and move to a building it constructed in Brookings in 2008.

   Plaques honoring members of the Newspaper Hall of Fame are displayed at the Anson & Ada May Yeager Hall at South Dakota State University. The SDSU School of Communication and Journalism has been home to the Newspaper Hall of Fame ever since the Hall was established in 1934. More information can be found at www.sdna.com/about.

   The South Dakota Newspaper Association, based in Brookings, represents the state’s 113 weekly and daily newspapers. Every month, 574,000 consumers -- 83% of South Dakota adults -- read local newspapers in print and online, according to a statewide survey commissioned by SDNA and conducted by Coda Ventures in September 2021.

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Jon Hunter

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Mark Roby

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