Documentary on ND journalists to air on Prairie Public

Prairie Public TV will air “Inside Stories,” the documentary based on the oral histories of eight North Dakota Journalists, at 8 p.m. CST Monday, Jan. 29.

“In the media environment we’re in right now, it’s really important to tell the story of the press and the real difference they actually make in people’s lives and in their communities,” said Teri Finneman, producer.

Over the past several years, Finneman has conducted oral history interviews with eight newspaper journalists in North Dakota. Those oral histories form the basis for the documentary, which was created by students at the University of Missouri.

One of the “stars” is Mike Jacobs, retired editor and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald, whose staff won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the devastating flood in 1997. In the film, Jacobs describes the community’s appetite for news during the flood, “just clamoring to get a copy of the newspaper because they rely on the press to be informed.”

NDNA Executive Director Steve Andrist said the documentary is a milestone because of the historic importance of newspapers in their communities and because “Newspaper people tell other peoples’ stories, but nobody ever tells their stories.”

The documentary had a red carpet premiere last June at the historic Fargo Theater. All eight of the featured journalists attended the premiere and answered questions following the showing.

In addition to Jacobs, journalists featured in the film are John Andrist, former publisher of The Journal in Crosby and past president of the National Newspaper Association; Jane Brandt, publisher of the Hebron Herald; Bob Lind, columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead; Marilyn Hagerty, columnist for the Grand Forks Herald; Bill Marcil Sr., former publisher of the Forum and CEO of Forum Communications Co.; Richard Peterson, former publisher of the Benson County Farmers Press in Minnewaukan; and Roger Bailey, former publisher of the Turtle Mountain Star in Rolla and retired executive director of NDNA.

The public television showing is sponsored by the North Dakota Newspaper Association, the NDNA Education Foundation, and Prairie Public Broadcasting.







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