Your input is needed for upcoming NIE project

May 26, 2016

Earlier this month, MPA sent a brief survey to Missouri’s newspapers to gauge interest in a project with the National World War I Museum to create Newspaper In Education content to be published in the spring of 2017, for the Centennial of the United States entering into WWI.

About 40 newspapers responded with enthusiasm for the project – some even offering suggestions on content! But we need to hear from more of you – about 246 more of you!

This is an important project to teach readers of all ages about WWI and remind Missourians that our state is home to the nation’s official World War I museum. To secure funding, we need data on potential participation.

This material would be provided to you ready to print at no cost to your newspaper.

We are considering building incentives into the project, as we did for the Missouri Road Trip project we created in the summer of 2015. MPF returned $4,000 in sponsorship funds back to many of the Missouri newspapers that published the series.

Please respond to DAWN KITCHELL, dawnkitchell@gmail.com, and let me know that your newspaper would be interested in this project on WWI.

 
 

The 2016 session of the Missouri General Assembly closed at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13

May 17, 2016

Access to records maintained by public governmental bodies took a hit in the 2016 legislative session. New laws, if signed by Governor Nixon, will limit public access to police videos, some voluntary agricultural data, and crime scene photographs.  Most bills that were approved become effective on August 28, 2016, unless noted.

There were a few brushes where defense by MPA came into play with bills attempting to limit public records and limit public notices published in newspapers. 

A bill to close police records related to incidents of suicide and attempted suicide did not pass (HB 2473, sponsored by Rep. Genise Montecillo).

A bill to close the names of Missouri Lottery winners did not pass (HB 2422, sponsored by Rep. Jeremy LaFaver).

A bill to close certain records in County Assessors’ offices did not pass (HB 1956, sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman).

A bill that could have eliminated the county financial statement published in local newspapers, replacing it with a posting on the county’s web site, did not pass (HB 2089, sponsored by Rep. Jason Chipman).

On a more positive note, a few bills approved contain NEW public notices required to be published in local newspapers. 

Thanks to those publishers, editors and staff members who contacted their legislators on various issues.  It is most important for MPA members to stay in touch with their senators and representatives on issues that are vital to the newspaper industry.

Legislators will return to Jefferson City for their annual Veto Session in... continued...

 
 

New feature commemorates Declaration of Independence

April 27, 2016

 Celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with a new feature from Missouri Press and The Missouri Bar.

On June 11, 1776, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and a few others were appointed to a committee to draft a declaration of independence from England. The Continental Congress officially adopted their Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4.

Take advantage of your schools' final weeks in session by publishing the feature in May in celebration of Law Day, or use it any time leading up to Independence Day in July.

To access the half-page feature, visit mo-nie.com and use download code: declaration.

 
 

Dates for regional press meetings set

April 19, 2016

Missouri’s regional press associations will each hold meetings in the upcoming months covering a wide variety of topics. More information about individual meetings will be available in upcoming Missouri Press publications.

A summary of each meeting is below:

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Tee off in Columbia for this year's Porter Fisher Golf Classic

April 19, 2016

Registration for individuals and teams participating in the 2016 Porter Fisher Golf Classic is now open.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/1UqxRjI to download the form or contact Missouri Press Foundation Director Melody Bezenek at 573-449-4167 or by email at mbezenek@socket.net.

Cost for play is $75 for individuals and $300 for teams. If you do not have a team, you can be grouped with other participants.

The golf classic will be played at A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia on June 16. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start for play will be at noon.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Missouri Press Foundation. All Missouri Press members and guests are welcome to participate.

 
 

Doug Crews' retirement reception is April 29

April 19, 2016

 

Following 36 years of service to Missouri Press Association, Doug Crews officially stepped down as executive director at the end of February. In honor of his years of service, a retirement reception will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Columbia Country Club.

To RSVP for the reception, contact Kristie Williams via email at kwilliams@socket.net or by phone 573-449-4167.

Columbia Country Club is located at 2210 N. Country Club Drive in Columbia.

Any donations honoring Crews’ service to Missouri Press should go to Missouri Press Foundation to assist with repairs to MPA’s Arrow Rock Print Shop Museum.

Donations to the Print Shop Museum can be sent to the Foundation at 802 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201.

Executive Director Mark Maassen has taken over Crews’ duties effective March 1.

 
 

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2016 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

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

 

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The Porter Fisher Golf Tournament is only two weeks away!! To register for the June 16 tournament, visit http://bit.ly/1UqxRjI to download the form or contact Missouri Press Foundation Director Melody Bezenek at 573-449-4167 or by email at mbezenek@socket. Link

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Thursday May 26th

Your input is needed for an upcoming NIE project! Earlier this month, MPA sent a brief survey to Missouri’s newspapers to gauge interest in a project with the National World War I Museum to create Newspaper In Education content to be published in the spring of 2017, for the Centennial of the United States entering into WWI. About 40 newspapers responded with enthusiasm for the project – some even offering suggestions on content! But we need to hear from more of you – about 246 more of you! Please respond to DAWN KITCHELL, dawnkitchell@gmail. Link

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