Minnesota newspapers plan ‘whiteout’
More than 200 newspapers across the state of Minnesota will publish no news on their front pages during the week of August 13-19. This “Whiteout” is taking place during Minnesota Newspaper Week, part of the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s yearlong celebration of its 150th Anniversary.
The Whiteout reminds Minnesotans of the important role that newspapers play, writing the first draft of history and telling the stories of their communities.
“Minnesota Newspaper Week is a statewide initiative that reminds individuals of the importance of a free press,” reads Governor Mark Dayton’s proclamation. “Freedom of the Press promotes a well-informed constituency, improves public policy, increases responsiveness and accountability, and enhances public confidence in governmental institutions.”