Missouri Press Association and ATT

October 5, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, the Missouri Press Association (MPA), local Missouri newspapers and AT&T are joining together to host an It Can Wait editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions. The contest begins on October 3 and is open to middle school and high school students from across Missouri.

According to research that AT&T released earlier this year, Missouri is one of four states without a statewide texting while driving ban for drivers of all ages. As a group, those four states without a texting ban for all ages have a 17 percent higher rate of texting while driving than the other 46 states. This year, the MPA contest challenges students to write an editorial or opinion column convincing the Missouri General Assembly to join the 46 other states by adopting a statewide anti-texting while driving ban that applies to all drivers – not just those 21 and younger.  

“While raising awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions is important, this research shows how state legislation can impact behavior,” said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. “I want to thank the Missouri Press Association and its members for their continued efforts to educate their communities about this critical public safety issue and help spread the word that no text, photo, video or email is worth a life – it can wait."

This year’s It Can Wait editorial contest is open to students enrolled in any Missouri public or private middle school or high school. Local newspapers have the option to host local contests and... continued...


Check out photos taken in front of the 150th banner at this year's convention

October 4, 2016


Missouri Press Association's Dawn Kitchell ran a photo booth during the 150th Annual Convention's Trade Show. Did you get your photo taken in front of it? Check out who did at the link below.

A link to the gallery from which photos can be downloaded is available here: http://eye.fi/Svt6


Constitution Day is Sept. 17! Remind your readers!

September 12, 2016

 Once a year, on Sept. 17, we remind students -- and readers -- about the importance of the United States Constitution to our country.

This year, in partnership with The Missouri Bar, we have created a new feature that recognizes the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona. This case established that the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitutions gives a person questioned by law enforcement the right to remain silent.

Publish the Miranda Rights feature on or around Sept. 17, or use one of the many features we have archived that teach about the U.S. Constitution. To download the feature on Miranda Rights, visit mo-nie.com and use code: miranda16. To download any of our other Constitution features, use code: constitution.


New Feature Added to Vote Missouri Series

September 8, 2016

 With just a little more than eight weeks until Election Day, help educate voters, young and older, about voting in Missouri by publishing any or all of MPA's "Vote Missouri" election series.

A new feature on choosing Missouri's judges has just been added to the collection, which includes features on the history of voting in Missouri and the elected offices of Auditor, Representative, Senator, Attorney General, Electoral College, Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and Treasurer.

To access the features, visit mo-nie.com and use the download code: votemo.


New Feature Promotes Reading Aloud 15 Minutes Every Day -- Commemorate International Literacy Day, Sept. 8

August 31, 2016

 Sept. 8 is the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. 

International Literacy Day was designated in 1965 by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to "actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies."

For the third year, Missouri Press has created a special Newspaper In Education feature to give newspapers an easy-to-publish tool to remind their communities about the importance of literacy and the critical role parents play in building literacy skills at home.

This year, MPA has partnered with the Read Aloud 15 Minutes National Campaign to create a newspaper feature aimed at encouraging parents to spend at least 15 minutes a day reading to their children beginning at birth.

Parents know reading aloud is important for brain development and has a positive impact on vocabulary, listening skills, readiness for kindergarten and academic success, but, according to a recent survey, "How America reads aloud to its children," it isn't actually happening.


Online Store Feature

2016 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

An alphabetical resource guide to all of the newspapers in the state of Missouri. $45.00



Thursday October 20th

westplainsdailyquill.net Link

Wednesday October 19th

The Photojournalism Hall of Fame induction is TOMORROW! The Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in Columbia, Mo., will induct four award-winning innovators and teachers of photography and journalism on Oct. Link

Tuesday October 18th

unionleader.com Link



Rural postal service remains essential | https://t.co/QylwKmifrX via @townnews
Thursday October 20th


PJHOF will induct four award-winning innovators & teachers of photography & journalism on Oct. 20. | https://t.co/CzMid4Tdll
Wednesday October 19th


Charles Arlinghaus: Closing a newspaper should wake you up | New Hampshire https://t.co/trJUCzFvsu via @sharethis
Tuesday October 18th


MPA, AT&T and local MO newspapers host It Can Wait editorial contest. Contest began on Oct. 3 |… https://t.co/nxAJkE0Si4
Friday October 14th