July 17, 2014Save the Date! The Walter B. Potter Sr. Conference: Innovation and Transformation in Community Newspapers

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 will open soon, so save the date and start gathering your successful ideas.


    July 14, 2014Missouri Press Association announces Hall of Fame inductees

For Release July 14, 2014

Missouri Press Association announces Hall of Fame inductees  

Six newspaper people, including two husband-wife teams, will be inducted this fall into the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The induction reception and banquet are scheduled 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, during the 148th annual Convention of the Missouri Press Association (MPA) at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. This will be the 24th group to be inducted into the Newspaper Hall of Fame, which was established by MPA in 1991.

This year's inductees are David Bradley, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News-Press & Gazette Company, St. Joseph; Judy Dixon, Festus, a cartoonist/illustrator with more than 30 years in the newspaper industry; Don and Kathy Ginnings, longtime publishers of the Hermitage Index; and Gary and Helen Sosniecki, former Missouri publishers of three community weekly newspapers and one daily.

Hall of Fame inductees receive Pinnacle Awards in honor of their service to the Missouri newspaper industry and their communities. Inductees' plaques will join the permanent display of inductees in the MPA office in Columbia and in the student lounge in Lee Hills Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism.

(In addition to the brief descriptions below, photos of the inductees are available for viewing or downloading, or by request at bejones@socket.net)

David Bradley, Jr.

David R. "Dave" Bradley, Jr. currently serves as the chairman and CEO of News-Press & Gazette Company and president of NPG... continued...


    July 9, 2014Coming to Springfield July 18th! Don't miss out! Sign up for the Ozark Press Association Meeting Today!

Jonathan Groves and Jean Maneke are lined up to speak at the Ozark Press Association meeting on July 18th at Drury University in Springfield!  Download the registration form and see the full agenda here.

Learn how to develop a Social Media Strategy and best practices to use for Online Journalism sites from Jonathan Groves, Associate Professor of Communication at Drury University.   

Jean Maneke will be doing what she does best and answering your questions and giving advice on legal matters at your newspaper.   

PLUS enjoy a Springfield Cardinals game with the group that following evening!  Call Zach at the Springfield Cardinals for $12.00 tickets, 417.832.3038. 


    June 11, 2014Get Two Speakers For the Price of One at Northwest Press Meeting

See Russell Viers and Rob Anfinson on June 20 at The Station on Northwest Missouri State University campus in Maryville.  The deadline to register is June 18.  Email newspaper information and attendee name(s) to the Tarkio Avalanche at avalanche@rpt.coop

    May 28, 2014Legendary Reporter Ernie Pyle and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Missouri Press Association member newspapers can mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion in northern France with columns written by legendary reporter Ernie Pyle.

At the same time, they'll be promoting donations to the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in his hometown of Dana, Ind. The museum features Pyle's birth home and adjacent Quonset huts containing memorabilia and multimedia presentations.

Pyle earned the Pulitzer Prize for war coverage. Pyle wrote for the Scripps Howard News Service during the war and was killed as the war ended on a small island northwest of Okinawa in April 1945.

To be a part of this national tribute to Pyle and the generation he chronicled, individuals can go to www.erniepyle.org and make a donation. Donors can receive a special collector's edition of the documentary "G.I. Joe: The story of Ernie Pyle;" a poster about the movie signed by its producer, Marino Amoruso; or a coffee table book, "Ernie Pyle's War: In Words and Pictures."

Three articles can be accessed here:

A Long Thin Ling of Personal Anguish

The Horrible Waste of War

A Pure Miracle 




Online Store Feature

2014 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

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



Thursday July 17th

Save the date for The Walter B. Potter Sr. Link

Monday July 14th

Congratulations to the new Hall of Fame inductees for this fall! We couldn't be more excited! Link

Wednesday July 9th

Have you heard about the Ozark Press Association meeting on July 18th? We'll be talking about developing a Social Media Strategy and best practices to use for Online Journalism! Check it out. Link



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Thursday July 17th


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Tuesday July 15th


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Monday July 14th