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$1 Million Gift to MU to Support Community Journalism

November 19, 2014

$1 Million Gift to MU to Support Community JournalismGift will support conferences, research on helping small, local newspapers

 

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Walter B. Potter Jr., a resident of Falls Church, Va., has committed $1 million to the University of Missouri School of Journalism to supplement the Walter B. Potter Fund for Innovation in Local Journalism, established in 2010. The endowment supports teaching and research centered on journalism that serves small communities, such as towns in rural areas or individual neighborhoods in larger urban areas. Potter says his gift is in honor of his late father, Walter Sr., and is motivated by his career as a journalist as well as his positive experiences as a graduate student at MU.

"The newspaper industry has provided three generations of my family with satisfying and rewarding lives," Potter said. "I just wanted to give back to the profession from which we have received so much. Also, my experience attending the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri was the major turning point in my newspaper career. Much of whatever success I've enjoyed has come thanks to what I learned and the people I met at the best journalism school in the world."

Potter's endowment established the Walter B. Potter, Sr. Conference, the first of which took place in 2011, and the next will take place Nov. 20-21, 2014 at the MU Reynolds Journalism... continued...

 
 

Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 3, 2014

On Nov. 9, the world will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in  1989. Missouri Press has created Newspaper In Education features that tell the story of the Berlin Wall.

In our two-part series, Part I describes the construction of the Wall - why it was built and how it impacted Berlin. Part II celebrates the Wall's fall and what that meant to Berliners, Germans and the world. We've also combined all the information into one large feature.

These features are available at no cost and may be downloaded at www.mo-nie.com using download code: wall89.

For more information, contact Dawn Kitchell at dawn.kitchell@gmail.com or 636-932-4301.

 
 

New STEM Teacher Guide Now Available

October 29, 2014

 By the time students reach fourth grade, one-third have lost interest in science. By eighth grade, nearly half of them believe science is irrelevant to their futures and careers. Yet, studies estimate that by 2018, our country will have 1.2 million unfilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

One way to cultivate an interest in science, technology, engineering and math — just like in reading — is starting early and connecting the learning to students' own lives.

The newspaper is a terrific tool to meet these goals and a new teacher guide from Missouri Press Association and Foundation offers Missouri newspapers another resource to share with teachers and parents in your community.

"Building STEM Skills with the Newspaper," is now available to download at www.mo-nie.com using the download code: stemguide. The 15-page elementary guide offers a brief overview of the four main branches of STEM, newspaper activities to reinforce skills, and extension activities.

Post the guide on your website or distribute it to teachers and parents in your community electronically or in print.

Contact Dawn Kitchell, MPA Educational Services Director, for more information, at dawn.kitchell@gmail.com or 636-932-4301.

 
 

Save the Date! The Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers

October 22, 2014

The Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers

information from The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute is inviting industry professionals to the second Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference this fall and the price of admission is two successful ideas - proven winners that generated revenue, boosted readership or improved your operation. The Potter Conference will bring together community news executives and leaders at the Missouri School of Journalism for an exchange and dialogue of best practices that will help sustain local journalism, especially in small and rural markets.

The two-day event will be held November 20-21 at RJI in Columbia, Missouri. All participants will be permitted to bring up to three colleagues from their outlet or media group.

We're looking for 40 unique ideas, not 40 versions of the same idea. Once registration opens, you might wish to submit several ideas to increase your chances for participation.Those who make it to the conference will return home with access to all 40 (or more) innovations, including details on how to implement them at your organization.

Registration is now open and the application deadline is Nov. 3! Don't forget to apply via RJI's website.

 
 

Technology Academy with Russell Viers

October 21, 2014

The Missouri Press Foundation is sponsoring a Technology Academy 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6-7 at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia.

The Technology Academy with Russell Viers is in two weeks and there is only ONE SPOT LEFT!Viers will explain the Adobe Creative Suite and take you through the most popular programs (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge and Acrobat XI Pro). He will give you time saving techniques you can take back to your newspaper and use immediately. The 2014 MPF Technology Academy is limited to the first 15 who register and there is only ONE spot left. REGISTER TODAY! Most Adobe training cost hundreds of dollars for one session. You will only pay $99 registration per person for two full days of training (lunch included).A special rate of $99 (breakfast included) has been secured for lodging the night of Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Stoney Creek Inn, 2601 S. Providence Road. Classes will be at Stoney Creek Inn. Please call 1-800-659-2220 by Oct. 17 and reference the Missouri Press Association group rate.Questions? Contact Melody Bezenek at 573.449.4167 or mbezenek@socket.net

 
 



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