The It Can Wait Editorial Contest is Going on Now!

October 8, 2015

If your newspaper is sponsoring a local IT CAN WAIT contest,please let Missouri Press know by sending a brief email to

 The local contest deadline is Monday, October 19!

For the third 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, which began on September 19, 2015, the annual It Can Wait day of action, is open to middle school and high school students from across Missouri and provides students with the opportunity to win a $500 prize for a column or editorial that best answers the question, "Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone?"

“We’ve seen how dangerous texting while driving can be and now we are seeing it with other smartphone activities that people are doing while driving. We want to do our part to help raise awareness and stop this dangerous behavior,” said Doug Crews, Executive Director of the Missouri Press Association.  “By hosting the It Can Wait editorial contest with AT&T and our local member papers, the Missouri Press Association hopes to provide students with a meaningful... continued...


New NIE Series Focuses on Digital Citizenship

October 7, 2015

 October is National Cyber Security Month and a new Newspaper In Education series from Missouri Press is the perfect resource for teaching young -- and older -- readers how to stay safe, courteous and within the law. The new series, Digital Citizenship, was created in partnership with The Missouri Bar and addresses nine themes of Digital Citizenship: access, commerce, communication, literacy, etiquette, law, rights and responsibilities, health and wellness and self-protection. To access the series, visit and use dowload code: digital15.

2015 Hall of Fame Introduction Videos

October 6, 2015

Please click on the corresponding name to view their 2015 MPA Hall of Fame introductory video. The link will direct you to YouTube.

George A. Killenberg

Darryl Wilkinson

Col. Robert Morgan White

William H. (Bill) Plummer


Rockwell Sale Is Legacy for the National Press Club

October 6, 2015

From the desk of John Hughes, President of the National Press Club 

The boards of the National Press Club and non-profit National Press Club Journalism Institute voted last night to sell our Norman Rockwell painting, "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor."

The sale will occur at an auction at Christie's on Nov. 19. Christie's expects the artwork to sell for $10 million to $15 million. Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to the Club, 30 percent to the Institute.

This is wonderful news for the Club and the Institute because we will have additional resources to carry out our missions for many years to come. However, this news may come as a surprise to many of you. You may wonder, are the Club and Institute broke, or desperate for cash, so that they had to look around the Club to look for assets to sell? No, that is far from the case. Then what is going on? How did we get to this point?

I will talk more at this morning's General Membership Meeting at 9am at the Club. If you can't be there in person, tune in to the webcast of the event on our website. For those of you who can't attend or tune in, let me explain more.

First, a little information about the painting is in order. It appeared in the Saturday Evening Post on May 25, 1946. We don't know exactly when it arrived, but our Club newsletter in 1962 and 1963 makes reference to a "gift of the Saturday Evening Post." When Rockwell himself spoke at the Club in... continued...


NNA selects Illinois Press Association as Managers

October 5, 2015


National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE, today announced that the Illinois Press Association, based in Springfield, IL, would become NNA’s new management firm beginning January 2016.

“I am very pleased with our board’s selection of a management partner. We received many qualified submissions for management, which our Transition Committee reviewed over the summer, and we found the highly-talented management team at Illinois Press would provide the best fit for NNA. They have a deep bench of marketing, database and leadership-oriented executives and they are completely committed to the success of the newspaper business,” Edgecombe said.

“The Illinois Press Association is honored to be chosen to provide management services to NNA. We are confident the synergies of our combined resources will greatly benefit both organizations,” said Dennis DeRossett, IPA executive director. “Our missions are parallel—we are both strong advocates of newspapers and the important role they play in our communities and in our democracy. At this time in our histories, this partnership is an important next step that will strengthen both organizations and enable us to move forward in new ways to the benefit of our member newspapers.”

The press association will take over from American PressWorks, Inc., which will resume its public policy work and management of... continued...


National Newspaper Week Feature from Missouri NIE

October 1, 2015

 Just in time to commemorate National Newspaper Week Oct. 4-10, Missouri Press NIE has released a new feature that shares a historical timeline and current statistics on what newspapers mean to communities.

  A sidebar recognizes International Carrier Day, this year celebrated on Oct. 10, and notes historical figures who once were newspaper carriers. This color feature is 6 columns by 6 inches and can be accessed at using download code: npweek.


Online Store Feature

2015 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

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



Thursday October 8th

The It Can Wait editorial contest is going on now! The local contest deadline is Monday, October 19. If your newspaper is sponsoring a local IT CAN WAIT contest, please let Missouri Press know by sending a brief email to bejones@socket. Link

Thursday October 8th

Don't forget that the MPA and AT&T It Can Wait Contest is going on now! The deadline for the local level winners is October 19. The contest will end on the statewide level on October 26 and the final statewide winner will be announced on November 2. Link

Thursday October 8th

Check out the link to view the 2015 Hall of Fame induction introductory videos! Link



RT @craigunruh: No text, tweet, or email is worth a life. Students – enter @MissouriPress #ItCanWait editorial contest. Details - http://t.…
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The #ItCanWait editorial contest is going on now! Local deadline is October 19. |
Thursday October 8th


Check out our 2015 MPA Hall of Fame inductee introductory videos! |
Thursday October 8th


Rockwell Sale Is Legacy for the National Press Club | via @PressClubDC
Wednesday October 7th