October 5, 2016
For the fourth 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 begins on October 3 and is open to middle school and high school students from across Missouri.
According to research that AT&T released earlier this year, Missouri is one of four states without a statewide texting while driving ban for drivers of all ages. As a group, those four states without a texting ban for all ages have a 17 percent higher rate of texting while driving than the other 46 states. This year, the MPA contest challenges students to write an editorial or opinion column convincing the Missouri General Assembly to join the 46 other states by adopting a statewide anti-texting while driving ban that applies to all drivers – not just those 21 and younger.
“While raising awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions is important, this research shows how state legislation can impact behavior,” said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. “I want to thank the Missouri Press Association and its members for their continued efforts to educate their communities about this critical public safety issue and help spread the word that no text, photo, video or email is worth a life – it can wait."
This year’s It Can Wait editorial contest is open to students enrolled in any Missouri public or private middle school or high school. Local newspapers have the option to host local contests and will determine... continued...
October 4, 2016
Missouri Press Association's Dawn Kitchell ran a photo booth during the 150th Annual Convention's Trade Show. Did you get your photo taken in front of it? Check out who did at the link below.
A link to the gallery from which photos can be downloaded is available here: http://eye.fi/Svt6
October 1, 2016
August 17, 2016
The University of Missouri Press announced in mid-July that printed copies of the 2015-2016 Official Manual of the State of Missouri, also known as the “Blue Book,” are now available.
For more than 130 years, the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office has published the Official Manual of the State of Missouri, a slice of the state’s history, which includes contact information, biographies, and overviews of department duties. The “Blue Book” serves as a guide for Missourians seeking information about their state agencies and officials.
The Blue Book (all but nine editions are bound with blue covers) had been published every other year by the Secretary of State’s Office until 2012. After not being published in 2011-2012, the Missouri Press Foundation took on the responsibility of publishing the book’s 2013-2014 edition.
For 2015-2016, the manual features an essay by Missouri State Parks Director Bill Bryan, which explores the history and future of Missouri’s park system. Complementing this overview, the “A Day at the Park” photo contest showcases how Missourians captured the beauty of the parks they visit.
Cost for the printed copy is $15 with an additional charge for shipping of $6 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional book.
To order a copy of the state’s Official Manual, call 800-621-2736 or visit upress.missouri.edu
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August 16, 2016
In recognition of the vital role played by the state’s news media in improving public understanding of legal issues, The Missouri Bar is now accepting nominations for its annual Excellence in Legal Journalism Awards. We encourage members of the media to take this opportunity to shine a light on their efforts to improve public understanding of the justice system. Depending upon the number and type of entries, up to three separate awards may be presented – one each for print media, broadcast and new media – in recognition of individual stories, series or editorials that meet one or more of the following criteria:
— Contributed significantly to public understanding of the law and legal system and/or the role of lawyers and/or judges within the system.
— Revealed a problem in the organization, structure or administration of the law, resulting in the correction of that problem for the benefit of all Missourians; and/or
— Enhanced the equitable administration of justice in the state.
Media representatives are invited to identify members of the news media – either within their own organization or elsewhere – who performed exceptional work within the general criteria outlined above. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Individual reporters or entire news organizations that have performed notable work in improving public knowledge of the justice system are eligible. The nominations should be for items printed or broadcast in the full year prior to June 30, 2016. Copies of pertinent articles, audio, video or links to content should accompany all nominations. In addition, letters in support of nominations are encouraged. These letters should set... continued...