NNA Leaving Mizzou, Looking for New Headquarters

By: E&P Staff

The National Newspaper Association (NNA) is looking for new headquarters after failing to reach an agreement with the University of Missouri, its home for the past eight years.

NNA President Cheryl Kaechele, publisher of the Allegan County (Mich.) News, said NNA’s board of directors would seek a new headquarters location at the conclusion of its current management agreement with Mizzou.

“The board of directors determined in June that NNA’s marketing focus must sharpen and change, in light of the slow economic recovery and changes in newspaper business needs,” Kaechele said. “We explored our future needs with the dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, with whom NNA contracts for management services, to request a change in management focus to guide NNA’s mission. We did not reach an agreement. The directors of NNA have engaged American PressWorks Inc., manager of our Washington office, to provide interim management services while management and headquarters options are considered.”

Kaechele said it was “time for NNA to reposition itself.”

NNA noted that its executive director since 2002, Brian L. Steffens, is an employee of the journalism school under NNA’s management contract.

“His service concludes with the end of NNA’s regular contract period June 30,” the NNA statement said. “The agreement with the school calls for a 60-day transition period during which the Missouri staff will continue to provide association services.”

Kaechele expressed her appreciation for Steffens’s service to NNA, saying he had managed during a time of great change for the organization and had helped NNA to regain stability after a period of post 9-11 disruption.

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