March 2, 2021

Kevin Schnepf worked as sports editor at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead until his retirement in December after 41 years in journalism. Immediately following the cancellation of the state basketball tournaments in March, he and his team began working remotely.

However, a lack of sporting events didn’t mean a lack of things to do. Schnepf’s team instead focused on breaking news, features and enterprise of the pandemic’s impact on sports, a steady job since the family-owned newspaper covers both North Dakota and Minnesota.

However, a visible difference came with the daily newspaper’s decision to reduce its print publication to only Wednesdays and Saturdays.

“I knew it was coming, but I loved being a part of the print paper, putting it all together and seeing what it looked like,” Schnepf said. “I’ve started to get accustomed to the new way of things, so to speak, but I do miss that print.”

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See The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead from March 14, 2020.

See The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead from April 22, 2020.

See The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead from May 2, 2020.

See more from The Essential Workers, an oral history project tracking the experiences of locally owned newspapers in Mid-America during the pandemic.

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Teri Finneman is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas. She previously worked as a print journalist and multimedia correspondent covering state…
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