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YPN5Q: Minnesota Newspaper Association Program Manager Sarah Bauer

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YPN5Q: Minnesota Newspaper Association Program Manager Sarah Bauer

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YPN5Q is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state's top young business and civic leaders and creative minds -- professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement.

This week, we hear from Sarah Bauer, program director for the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA), a trade association representing the interests of more than 360 daily and weekly publications throughout the state.

Bauer develops all programming for the MNA and its nonprofit, The Minnesota News Media Institute, including all educational and outreach programs, hands-on training for journalists, public forums on media issues, an annual excellence in journalism contest and Association's annual convention.

Bauer speaks regularly about media ethics issues, community journalism, social media, and issues like the intersection of journalism and politics.

Bauer is a board member and immediate past president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and sits on the Advisory Committee for the Minnesota League of Women Voters' Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) Fellows Program.

Name: Sarah Bauer

Age: 27

Residence: Minneapolis

Current job title: Program Director

Current employer: Minnesota Newspaper Association

1. What's the most challenging aspect of your job?

Working for a not-for-profit association, the challenge is always to do more with less; to be creative and resourceful; and to be an expert in everything (from fixing the postage machine to planning and executing major events). The reward, though, is never being bored!

2. Who has been a mentor or supporter during your career so far?

Jane Kirtley: She's a world-renowned First Amendment and press freedom expert, and the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She's always encouraged me to think and dream big; she's pushed me to be a better writer and speaker; and although she's no longer my professor, I am constantly learning from her. …

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