Newspaper Pioneers

Director | Lea Konczal, 2017


Director | Lea Konczal

About the Film

This documentary tells the story of the daily challenges and dedication required to publish local newspapers in rural America and provides viewers with an inside look at members of the oft-criticized media who dedicate their lives to serving their communities.

The film charts the history of the North Dakota press, capturing the memories of some of its most important players in this detailed film based on eight oral histories.

The eight stars featured are Jane Brandt, publisher of the Hebron Herald; Bob Lind, Fargo Forum columnist; Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald columnist; Bill Marcil Sr., former publisher of The Forum; Richard Peterson, retired publisher of the Benson County Farmers Press in Minnewaukan; Mike Jacobs, retired publisher of the Grand Forks Herald; Roger Bailey, retired publisher of the Turtle Mountain Star in Rolla and former executive director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association; and John Andrist, retired publisher of The Journal of Crosby.

The documentary was executive produced by Teri Finneman, a Missouri School of Journalism alumna and former North Dakota newspaper reporter, and filmed by Ryan Babb.