Northern Michigan University 2014 BFA alumnus Adam Papin has been promoted from sports reporter to sports editor at The Minot Daily News in North Dakota. The newspaper reported that prior to joining its staff in May, Papin was editor of The Paulding County Progress, a weekly newspaper in Paulding County, Ohio. In that role, he was responsible for both the news and sports editorial content, as well as providing leadership to staff and freelance writers and photographers.
“The Paulding County Progress was a community newspaper,” said Papin in the story. “My philosophy and approach to the position was that it's hard to cover the community if you're not actually out covering the community.”
While he both realizes and learned that a daily paper in city of 50,000 people can be different than a weekly paper in a county of 18,000, Papin hopes to bring that same community-centric approach to his leadership of the sports department here.
“To that end, while prep sports coverage is certainly important, there are opportunities to broaden our coverage to ensure that it more closely reflects the diversity of athletes in the community as a whole,” said Papin. “To that end please don't hesitate to reach out to the sports desk if you know of a great sports story that we may not be aware of.”
Papin is appreciative and humbled by the trust that's been placed in him, but he also knows a main reason why he will be ready for the role.
“I would be remiss if I didn't thank our outgoing editor Sean Williams,” he said. “Even before moving to Minot, Sean was always ready and willing to provide advise on everything from where to get an apartment to what schools we cover and why. He is one of the principle reasons I feel comfortable with taking on this new role. I wish him nothing but the best in the future, and I know he will be missed.”
Papin got his start in journalism at WLZZ Radio in Montpelier, Ohio, and also wrote briefly for The Village Reporter in West Unity, Ohio. In addition to his NMU degree, Papin also holds an MBA from Murray State University, in Murray, Ky.