About Us

Who We Are

The Minnesota Daily is a student-led media organization serving the University of Minnesota campus and surrounding community. The organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, but classified as a student organization. The print publication is distributed twice per week during the fall and spring semesters and once per week during the summer semester. Content is also published on mndaily.com and updated regularly as news happens. The Daily employs more than 150 University of Minnesota students each year and acts as a training institution, giving them hands-on training in areas such as journalism, multimedia, photography, finance, marketing, human resources, information systems, and more.


Mission

1. Provide independent student journalism and comprehensive coverage of news, media and events that serve the public interest and inform the University of Minnesota community.

2. Offer a forum for the free exchange of ideas and civil debate for the members of the University community.

3. Train University students to professional standards, teach best practices and operate an ethical organization in all areas of journalism and the media industry.

4. Operate a fiscally-responsible organization that ensures its viability as an independent student media company that continually serves the University community.


Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Minnesota Daily and MN Daily Media is a legacy institution on the University of Minnesota campus and has the great responsibility and privilege of acting as a public forum for the University and surrounding neighborhoods. As the University’s student newspaper, we have a duty to not only to tell stories in a fair, respectful and equitable fashion but to act that way as employers and leaders in our community. We must continually grow and diversify to more accurately represent and cover the communities we serve.

MN Daily Media is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will continue its commitment to hiring based on position qualification and without consideration to any protected classes. Furthermore, the Daily is committed to increasing access to employment opportunities for potential hires, especially Black, brown, Indigenous and POC talent across all divisions and all levels. As an organization, we will continue – and increase – our outreach and recruitment efforts to diverse communities and student organizations to create a pipeline of opportunity and access into our organization.

More than that, we will also commit to the retention and promotion of individuals from historically marginalized backgrounds and continue the creation of a more inclusive work environment. In order to see this goal to fruition, leadership at MN Daily Media has created a diversity committee to focus on expanding recruitment efforts, improving retention rates and increasing job access outside of our Human Resources department’s dedicated outreach team. This self-checking mechanism will allow us to analyze our role as an employer and student organization, better understand the strategies we use effectively and improve wherever shortcomings may exist. 

We pledge to be more accountable and equitable in our hiring efforts and decisions by using our internal resources and consistently gaining external feedback. We value the variety of experiences, wisdom and skills that students of all backgrounds bring to the table and it is our mission to train every one of our students to professional standards and teach them best practices to succeed in their future endeavors. If you are interested in joining our diverse, hardworking team, you can find available job postings here.


History

In 1877, 15 seniors and 26 juniors launched the publishing of a monthly literary magazine entitled The Ariel. The students wanted to provide a forum for student individuality and keep the public informed on the growth of the University of Minnesota. In 1900, The Ariel began printing daily and was renamed the Minnesota Daily. The daily printing schedule was in response to a competing publication, The Football. After a few months of a daily printing schedule, the Minnesota Daily combined itself with The Minnesota Daily News, another competitor within the campus community.

Since its origin, the Minnesota Daily has been a force for change on the University of Minnesota campus. The Minnesota Daily has covered many big events, including the end of compulsory military drills, the beginning of women's suffrage, and campus riots. The Minnesota Daily believes in the power of the press to bring about change. Since its beginning, the Minnesota Daily has been at the forefront of technological advancements, and it was among the first college newspapers in the country to be available online. Notable alumni of the Minnesota Daily include Steve Sack, Harry Reasoner, Ka Vang, Roy Wilkins, Henry Fonda and Chris Ison.

Today, the Minnesota Daily is entirely student-run, with the guidance of a general manager and the governance of its Board of Directors. It operates independently from the University as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, but maintains status as a student organization.


Leadership 

 

Editor in Chief & Chief Student Director

Dylan Miettinen   |   Contact

   

Business Operations Officer & Chief Student Director

Tiffany Welty   |   Contact


General Manager & Executive Director

Charlie Weaver   |   Contact

   

MN Daily Media Board of Directors

Board Chair - MN Daily Alumnus, Newspaper Sales Professional

Jason Cole


Secretary - Student Training Expertise & HSJMC Faculty Member

Gayle Golden


Treasurer - MN Daily Alumnus, Finance Professional

Rance Rand

   

Director - MN Daily Alumnus, Editorial and Fundraising Experience

Brady Gervais


Director - MN Daily Alumnus, Digital Media Professional

Drew Geraets

   

Director - MN Daily Alumnus, Digital Media Professional

Kent Erdahl


Director - UMN Alumnus, Sales Professional

Amy Collins


Director - News Professional & HSJMC Faculty Member

Regina McCombs

   

Editor-in-Chief & Co-Publisher

Dylan Miettinen

   

Business Operations Officer & Co-Publisher

Tiffany Welty

   

Student Director

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Student Director

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Ex Officio Member - MN Daily, General Manager & Co-Publisher

Charlie Weaver


Ex Officio Member - UMN, Office of Student Affairs Liaison

Kendre Turonie