National Newspaper Association Foundation

The National Newspaper Association Foundation (NNAF) is the educational arm of the National Newspaper Association (NNA). Its mission is to promote news literacy, protect the First Amendment, and enhance the quality, role and capabilities of community newspapers and community journalists.

NNAF Washington News Fellows

This year will be the second year that our NNAF Washington News Fellows program will bring promising college seniors and juniors who are editors of their college newspapers to our nation's capital for a three-day hands-on training session in how to cover complex national issues from a community perspective. You may have seen their articles in PubAux last April or on this website.

Students in this year's program will look at national security and government surveillance. They will interview Capitol Hill experts and Washington opinion leaders on government surveillance, trying to get a handle on how privacy, liberty and security are balanced. They will ask how much Americans know about their government, and who is shaping their opinions. Their mission, as in the 2013 program, will be to detect the official spin on stories and help readers to spot the thin lines between fact and opinion. We are excited about this program. As people who care about journalism, we share the concerns of many who wonder how the social media and blogging will affect a nation traditionally trained to trust journalists for their facts. Teaching news literacy is an important mission for newspapers. This new program adds to NNAF's existing educational mission.

Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media

For the past 17 years, the Foundation has partnered with the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media at Kansas State University to cosponsor the "Newspapers and Community Building Symposium" at the NNA's annual conference, where original research papers are presented on such topics as building news literacy among young readers and addressing the journalistic needs of diverse or multi-cultural audiences. This program encourages professors to consider community newspapers in their research and brings in peer-reviewed studies for our benefit.

Newspapers In Education

We also help fund NNAF's Newspapers In Education program in partnership with the Missouri Press Foundation to provide serialized fiction and lesson plans for classroom use through 400 newspapers in 19 states.

How you can help

If you are interested in any of these specific programs or would like further information, please contact NNAF President Elizabeth Parker at 908-766-3900 or eparker@newjerseyhills.com. We hope you will include NNAF in your charitable giving this year. NNAF is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your gifts will be fully tax deductible.

Please mail your tax-deductible contribution to: National Newspaper Association Foundation, c/o Carol Pierce, PO Box 5737, Arlington, VA 22205, or call 703-237-9801.

If you would like to donate online to the National Newspaper Association Foundation, click below or contact any of the following individuals:

Elizabeth (Liz) Parker, NNAF President
New Jersey Hills Media Group
PO Box 687
Bernardsville, NJ 07924-0687
908-766-3900
eparker@newjerseyhills.com

Jerry Reppert, NNAF Vice President
Reppert Publications
PO Box 529
Anna, IL 62906-0529
618-833-2158
jlreppert@annanews.com

Bill Miller, NNAF Treasurer
Washington Missourian
P.O. Box 336
Washington, MO 63090-0336
573-239-7701
billmiller@emissourian.com

Reed Anfinson, NNAF Secretary
Swift County Monitor-News
101 12th Street South
Benson, MN 56215-1844
320-843-4111
reed@monitor-news.com

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