Print Copies of 'Blue Books' Now Available for $15

August 17, 2016

The University of Missouri Press announced in mid-July that printed copies of the 2015-2016 Official Manual of the State of Missouri, also known as the “Blue Book,” are now available.

For more than 130 years, the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office has published the Official Manual of the State of Missouri, a slice of the state’s history, which includes contact information, biographies, and overviews of department duties. The “Blue Book” serves as a guide for Missourians seeking information about their state agencies and officials.

The Blue Book (all but nine editions are bound with blue covers) had been published every other year by the Secretary of State’s Office until 2012. After not being published in 2011-2012, the Missouri Press Foundation took on the responsibility of publishing the book’s 2013-2014 edition.

For 2015-2016, the manual features an essay by Missouri State Parks Director Bill Bryan, which explores the history and future of Missouri’s park system. Complementing this overview, the “A Day at the Park” photo contest showcases how Missourians captured the beauty of the parks they visit.

Cost for the printed copy is $15 with an additional charge for shipping of $6 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional book.

To order a copy of the state’s Official Manual, call 800-621-2736 or visit upress.missouri.edu

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Nominations sought for Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards

August 16, 2016

In recognition of the vital role played by the state’s news media in improving public understanding of legal issues, The Missouri Bar is now accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards. We encourage members of the media to take this opportunity to shine a light on their efforts to improve public understanding of the justice system. Depending upon the number and type of entries, up to three separate awards may be presented – one each for print media, broadcast and new media – in recognition of individual stories, series or editorials that meet one or more of the following criteria:

— Contributed significantly to public understanding of the law and legal system and/or the role of lawyers and/or judges within the system.

— Revealed a problem in the organization, structure or administration of the law, resulting in the correction of that problem for the benefit of all Missourians; and/or

— Enhanced the equitable administration of justice in the state.

Media representatives are invited to identify members of the news media – either within their own organization or elsewhere – who performed exceptional work within the general criteria outlined above. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Individual reporters or entire news organizations that have performed notable work in improving public knowledge of the justice system are eligible. The nominations should be for items printed or broadcast in the full year prior to June 30, 2016. Copies of pertinent articles, audio, video or links to content should accompany all nominations. In addition, letters in support of nominations are encouraged. These... continued...

 
 

Missouri Newspaper Internships

July 29, 2016

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, journalism students Ruth Serven, Matt Aten, Ashley Ulsh, Briana Saunders, Tayler Ward, Alec Lewis and Kora Chrzan are working alongside seasoned newspaper veterans.

They are learning the ropes and preparing to fill positions in the newspaper industry once they graduate from college. The future of Missouri newspapers looks brighter with these talented journalism students being shown the many newspaper opportunities available to them and the benefits Missouri newspapers have to offer.

You made this opportunity possible. We look forward to sharing with you their stories over the coming weeks. We hope you take pride in what you have helped us accomplish and know how truly grateful we are for your continued support.

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2016 Outstanding Young Journalists to be honored

July 20, 2016

Two newspaper journalists – from the Hannibal Courier-Post and The Odessan -- have been selected to receive the 2016 William E. James/Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist awards from the Missouri Press Association. 

Dennis Warden, president of MPA, announced Eric Dundon of Hannibal and Hannah Spaar of Odessa, will receive their awards on Oct. 1, in Branson during MPA's 150th annual convention awards luncheon.

 "This is the eighth year for these awards," said Warden, publisher of the Gasconade County Republican, Owensville.  "And, this is the fourth year the awards are named in honor of our colleague, the late William E. James. The Missouri Press Association congratulates Eric and Hannah for their excellent news reporting and editing skills in their communities."

Eric Dundon has worked for the Hannibal Courier-Post since February 2015, currently serving as the newspaper’s managing editor. He has a led the editorial team for northeast Missouri’s largest daily newspaper, helping complete a product revamp, reintroduce social media philosophy, as well as covering news, features and writing editorials. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, as well as earned a bachelor of arts in history and certification in multicultural studies.

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MPA announces 2016 Hall of Fame inductees

July 13, 2016

 

  

 

Four newspaper people, including a former executive director of the Missouri Press Association, will be inducted in September into MPA’s Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The induction reception and banquet are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, during the 150th annual Convention of the Missouri Press Association at Chateau on the Lake in Branson. This will be the 26th group to be inducted into the Newspaper Hall of Fame, which was established by MPA in 1991.

This year's inductees are the late A. Edward Heins, a former general manager of the Columbia Missourian and School of Journalism professor; Tad Bartimus, a former journalist for The Associated Press who reported from all over the globe and AP's first female bureau chief; James Hamilton, a former southwest Missouri editor, columnist and book author; and Doug Crews, who worked for Missouri Press Association for 36 years, including more than 25 as its executive director.

Hall of Fame inductees or their families receive Pinnacle Awards in honor of the inductees’ service to the Missouri newspaper industry and their communities. Inductees’ plaques will join the permanent display of inductees in the MPA office in Columbia and in the student lounge in Lee Hills Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism.

For more information or pictures of the inductees, contact MPA Editor Matthew Barba at mbarba@socket.net.

 
 

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