MISSOURI PRESS ASSOCIATION
The Missouri Press Association was organized at a meeting held on May 17, 1867, in Temperance Hall located at Ninth Street and Washington Avenue in St. Louis. A call had been sent by several advertising representatives in St. Louis to the publishers, urging them to meet "for the purpose of taking into consideration matters pertaining in general to the newspaper interests." Representatives from 38 newspapers, arriving in St. Louis from 31 counties, founded the Editors' and Publishers' Association of Missouri, today's Missouri Press Association. Read more about our history here.
MISSOURI PRESS SERVICE
Missouri Press Service, Inc. (MPS) was created in 1954. MPS is a business organization whose primary objective is selling and placing advertising into member newspapers. With its One-Order, One-Bill, One-Check system, MPS can quickly and efficiently place advertising in one, several or all of its member newspapers. Click through the Services link to get details.
MISSOURI PRESS FOUNDATION
The Missouri Press Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation formed in 1984 by the Missouri Press Association. "The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized are: exclusively for charitable, literary, or educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) including such activities as providing journalism scholarships and faculty honorariums, conducting journalism seminars, making journalism merit awards, coordinating newspapers in education programs, collecting and preserving old printing presses and printing equipment, operating historical museums on a not for profit basis, and other journalistic activities deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors."
Missouri journalism may be dated from July 12, 1808. It was on this day that Joseph Charless pulled from his Ramage press the first issue of the Missouri Gazette, which has the distinction of being the first newspaper published west of the Mississippi River. The Gazette, published in St. Louis, later became famous as the Missouri Republican.
Missouri also spawned the first "wilderness" newspaper west of the Mississippi River. The newspaper, called the Missouri Intelligencer and Boon's Lick Advertiser, was started by Nathaniel Patten in 1819 at Franklin in what is now Howard County.
A famous early editor was Thomas Hart Benton of the St. Louis Enquirer, which was begun in 1815 as the Western Journal. Benton went on to a distinguished career in the U.S. Senate. Duff Green, later prominent in Washington, D.C. journalism, also served for a time as an Enquirer editor.
An early St. Louis German language newspaper, the Westliche Post, edited by Dr. Emil Preetorius and Carl Schurz, gave a start to Joseph Pulitzer who later founded the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and went on to become a giant of American journalism with the New York World. It was Pulitzer, too, who sold the St. Louis Globe to J.B. McCullagh who then established the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Across the state, another giant of American journalism was William Rockhill Nelson. He founded the Kansas City Star in 1880 and made it one of America's finest newspapers as well as the monitor and mentor of Kansas City. Also in Kansas City at the time when Nelson founded the Star was Eugene Field, who was managing editor of the Kansas City Times.
The "grandfather" of the Missouri press today is the daily Hannibal Courier-Post, which evolved from the Missouri Courier established in 1832 at Palmyra. The oldest continuous weekly newspaper in the state operating under the same name is the Liberty Tribune, founded in 1846.