April 18, 2014MPA Hall of Famer Joe Synder dies

 Joseph R. Snyder, 95, of San Marcos, TX, formerly of Gallatin, passed away April 16, at Horizon Bay.  Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin where friends may call after 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.  Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery near Gallatin.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Gallatin United Methodist Church, the San Marcos United Methodist Church or Missouri Press Foundation, in care of McWilliams Funeral Home, 1329 W. Grand, Gallatin, MO 64640.

Joseph Robert Snyder arrived in this world on July 6, 1918, in Kansas City, MO, and he spent his life using the tools of journalism trying to make things better for others. He was born into a working class neighborhood to Ralph Joseph and Edyth Ferguson Snyder, rather ordinary Americans, who raised their son with love and fortitude, instilling strong ethical values. He began his journalism career as a carrier-salesman for The Kansas City Journal Post, later moving to The Kansas City Star as a phone boy on the sports desk. During this period, he also pioneered the Blue Valley News, one of the first  “community” newspapers in the Kansas City area, composed and printed in the family’s garage on East 15th Street. It was a free-distribution newspaper, supported by local advertising.He left his position on The Star during World War II, rising from a private in the horse cavalry at Fort Riley, KS, to Captain on Douglas MacArthur’s press staff in the South Pacific. His job there was not in an office but in combat areas.... continued...

 

    April 4, 2014Kent Ford Retires

 

Ford retires from Missouri Press Association

Kent Ford, editor at the Missouri Press Association, was honored Thursday, April 3 during a retirement party at the Missouri Press Association office in Columbia. Ford has served the association for 25 years. A photo album can be found on the MPA Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Missouri-Press-Association/154375874617599.

Ford joined the staff of Missouri Press Association in June 1989. His editorial duties include writing and all pre-press production of the monthly Missouri Press News magazine, preparing news releases, publishing the Missouri Press Bulletin for association members, and more.

Reflecting about retirement, Ford said, smiling, "I've had one job or another since I was 12 years old. It's time I didn't have a job." After a long career in journalism, his advice to those entering the field is, "Be thorough and be fair. You have to ask all the questions, not just the ones you want to write about."

Ford is a 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. A native of Iowa, Ford was a general assignment reporter at the Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff from 1974 to 1980. He was city editor from 1980-1981 of the Nonpareil in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He then bought the Times Observer, a weekly newspaper in Oregon, Mo. He and his wife, Sharon, published that paper until selling it in 1989.

After attending two years of college, Ford served in the U.S. Navy November 1968 to August 1972 as an aircraft electronic weapons delivery... continued...

 

    March 19, 2014Sunshine Week is March 16-22

 Legislation may help us step into more sunshineSome people just squint when they come into the bright sunshine, others celebrate its warmth. It's Sunshine Week March 16-22 and the Missouri Press Association joins newspapers from across Missouri and throughout the nation to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Four recently published articles focus on the importance of public access to information, holding government accountable, and legislation being considered to better enforce the sunshine law.

  

First, a Columbia Daily Tribune editorial urges support for a new law, sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, that would make improvements to Missouri's Sunshine Law that would retain larger fines for "purposeful" violations but would allow small-fine application without having to prove "knowing" violations. version In the second article, from the St. Joseph News-Press, SB843 is upheld as a way to prevent public officials from violating one or more provisions of the sunshine law and then "contend the occurrence was inadvertent, unintentional and, as a result, not subject to penalty." An Associated Press article reports that the new legislation also would bar government agencies from charging for time spent reviewing whether requested documents are exempt from disclosure. It would require the courts order the government to pay attorney fees when a complaint about a sunshine law violation is sustained. Finally, a St.LouisPublicRadio piece quoted Missouri Press Association consulting attorney on First Amendment... continued...
 

    March 5, 2014Recent Journalism Events

On Feb. 12 the Missouri Press Association, Missouri Press Service and Missouri Press Foundation boards held their first meeting of 2014 on at the DoubleTree Hotel in Jefferson City. Among those attending, from the left front clockwise around the table, were: Jack Whitaker, MPA Director, Hannibal; Dennis Warden, MPA Second Vice President, Owensville; Jean Maneke, legal hotline counselor, Kansas City; Jim Robertson, MPA First Vice President, Columbia; Richard Gard, MPA President, St. Louis; Doug Crews, MPA executive director, Columbia; Kristie Williams, MPA member services director, Columbia; Trevor Vernon, MPA Director, Eldon; Bill Miller Sr., MPF Director, Washington; Bill Miller Jr., MPA Director, Washington; Brad Gentry, NNA Representative, Houston; Donna Bischoff, MPA Treasurer, St. Louis; Phil Conger, MPS President, Bethany; Dane Vernon, MPF Director, Eldon; and Joe May, MPS Vice President, Mexico. Others attending were Mark Maassen, MPA Past President, Kansas City; Kevin Jones, MPS Secretary, St. Louis; Jim Sterling, MPF Director, Columbia; Dave Berry, MPF Director, Bolivar; James White, MPA Director, Warsaw; Mark Nienhueser, Missouri Press ad director, Columbia; and Kent Ford, MPA editor, Columbia.  

RJI Local Elections Workshop

 

Scott Swafford of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism led a Jan. 30-Feb. 1 workshop at RJI about how to cover local elections better.

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    February 14, 2014Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon addresses press

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke in the Governor's Mansion to members of the press on Feb. 13 during the annual Missouri Press Association / Associated Press Day at the Capitol. Gov. Nixon spoke briefly about activities in the legislature, then answered questions.

 

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