South Dakota Newspaper Association, founded in 1882, is a full-service trade association representing the state’s weekly and daily newspapers. It is governed by a board of directors elected by the publishers/owners of the member newspapers. SDNA is headquartered in Brookings, SD. South Dakota Newspaper Services Inc. (SDNS) is a business affiliate of SDNA. SDNS operates an advertising placement service, a press release distribution service, and has an affiliation with NewzGroup for news tracking and clippings.
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Letitia Lister, Publisher, Black Hills Pioneer, Spearfish
First Vice President
Beau Ravellette, Pioneer Review, Philip
Second Vice President
Robert Slocum, Publisher, Timber Lake Topic
Third Vice President
Garrick Moritz, Publisher, Garretson Gazette
LeeAnne Dufek, Publisher, Hamlin County Republic, Castlewood
Cory Myers, News Director, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls
Immediate Past President,
Debbie Hemmer, Co-Publisher, Grant County Review, Milbank
David Bordewyk – email@example.com
Business Manager & Network Coordinator
Advertising Sales Director
John Brooks – firstname.lastname@example.org
Advertising Placement Coordinator
SDNA Honors & Past Presidents
The South Dakota Newspaper Foundation was organized as a nonprofit corporation in 2010. Its mission is for the promotion and betterment of journalism and newspapers in South Dakota. Contact SDNA about how you can make a charitable contribution to the Newspaper Foundation.
Public Notices/Open Government
South Dakota Public Notices
All South Dakota newspapers have cooperated to host a website listing all government public notices previously published in newspapers across the state. The searchable public notices website is provided to the public by South Dakota newspapers at no cost to state and local governments.
Click here for a brochure explaining South Dakota’s open meetings law. Here is a link to the South Dakota Attorney General’s website on open government, with information about open meetings and open records laws and the South Dakota Open Meetings Commission. SDNA has published a booklet explaining how to file an open meetings law complaint and how to file a government records denial appeal. You can download it here.
SDNA holds an annual convention and Better Newspapers Contest for its members. The 2020 convention will be held April 23-25 in Deadwood, SD.
SDNA Convention Better Newspapers Contest
SDNA sponsors a Better Newspapers Contest each year. Awards are presented in news/editorial and advertising categories. The contest runs on a calendar year and awards are presented at the annual convention each spring. Click here to view contest results.
Associate membership may be conferred on persons, companies or organizations doing business with or providing goods or services to regular members. The membership is non-voting. Contact SDNA for information about applying for associate membership.
SDNA Past Presidents
For a complete list of SDNA Past Presidents, please click here.
Newspaper Hall of Fame
Click here for a list of all the members of the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is administered by SDNA and located in the lobby of Anson and Ada May Yeager Journalism Hall on the campus of South Dakota State University.
Distinguished Service Award
Recognition of people who have provided outstanding service to the newspaper profession in South Dakota. Click here for honorees.
Distinguished Achievement Award
Recognition of non-newspaper people who have distinguished themselves in achievement in or for South Dakota. Click here for honorees.
Distinguished Service/Achievement Award
Combines the features of both awards above. Click here for honorees.
Eagle Award Recipients
This award is given to an individual group or organization who has demonstrated outstanding efforts to protect and enhance openness in the conduct of the people's business. Click here for honorees.
Outstanding Young Journalist
For recognition of the outstanding work of a journalist under the age of 30. One winner is chosen annually from a weekly newspaper and a daily newspaper. Click here for award recipients.