News Watch adds director, hosts 2 interns and joins AP collaborative

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News Watch adds director, hosts 2 interns and joins AP collaborative
Kristi Hine, Greta Goede and Mariia Novoselia. (Photos courtesy of each and montage by Novoselia)

South Dakota News Watch added a weekly newspaper publisher to its board of directors, is hosting two interns this summer and has signed on to share its stories with The Associated Press.

Hine joins News Watch board

Kristi Hine, editor and publisher of the True Dakotan weekly newspaper in Wessington Springs has been elected to the South Dakota News Watch board of directors.

She previously worked 15 years in marketing and public relations in San Diego, Las Vegas and her hometown of Phoenix. Since purchasing the True Dakotan in 2015, Hine has updated and modernized the look and design of the publication while broadening its digital product offerings.

Hine just finished a year as president of the South Dakota NewsMedia Association and remains on that board for another year. SDNA last year amended its bylaws to allow non-newspapers such as News Watch to join, which allowed its reporters to take part in the annual contest and also elect me to the SDNA board.

Interns from Minnesota and Ukraine contribute stories

South Dakota News Watch is again hosting young journalists this summer through paid internships from South Dakota State University and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Greta Goede received the 2024 Jeffrey B. Nelson Investigative Journalism Endowed Internship and Chuch Raasch and Sandy Johnson Scholarship, which covers her tuition expenses, from the SDSU Foundation. She grew up in Waverley, Minnesota, and graduated in May with a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a minor in criminal justice.

She was a reporter at the Collegian for two years, assistant news editor in 2022-2023 and editor-in-chief this past year. After her internship, Goede will begin her career as a multimedia journalist at KMTV-TV, the CBS affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Mariia Novoselia came to News Watch through an internship from the Scripps Howard Foundation. She graduated in May from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, minor in political science and a certificate in organizational leadership. Prior to transferring to WKU, she studied at Odesa National I. I. Mechnikov University in her hometown of Odesa, Ukraine.

Novoselia has written for student publications and completed several internships at newspapers in Kentucky and New York. She will attend graduate school this fall at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri. In her spare time, she likes going on walks and playing guitar. 

Associated Press collaboration

The Associated Press announced this week that South Dakota News Watch is among five additional news organizations that will share their content with the global wire service's news members and customers. The agreement will also give News Watch access to some AP stories that are relevant to its statewide audience.

For details, read the news release from AP, which includes my take on the collaboration.

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