July 20, 2016
Two newspaper journalists – from the Hannibal Courier-Post and The Odessan -- have been selected to receive the 2016 William E. James/Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist awards from the Missouri Press Association.
Dennis Warden, president of MPA, announced Eric Dundon of Hannibal and Hannah Spaar of Odessa, will receive their awards on Oct. 1, in Branson during MPA's 150th annual convention awards luncheon.
"This is the eighth year for these awards," said Warden, publisher of the Gasconade County Republican, Owensville. "And, this is the fourth year the awards are named in honor of our colleague, the late William E. James. The Missouri Press Association congratulates Eric and Hannah for their excellent news reporting and editing skills in their communities."
Eric Dundon has worked for the Hannibal Courier-Post since February 2015, currently serving as the newspaper’s managing editor. He has a led the editorial team for northeast Missouri’s largest daily newspaper, helping complete a product revamp, reintroduce social media philosophy, as well as covering news, features and writing editorials. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, as well as earned a bachelor of arts in history and certification in multicultural studies.
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July 13, 2016
Four newspaper people, including a former executive director of the Missouri Press Association, will be inducted in September into MPA’s Newspaper Hall of Fame.
The induction reception and banquet are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, during the 150th annual Convention of the Missouri Press Association at Chateau on the Lake in Branson. This will be the 26th group to be inducted into the Newspaper Hall of Fame, which was established by MPA in 1991.
This year's inductees are the late A. Edward Heins, a former general manager of the Columbia Missourian and School of Journalism professor; Tad Bartimus, a former journalist for The Associated Press who reported from all over the globe and AP's first female bureau chief; James Hamilton, a former southwest Missouri editor, columnist and book author; and Doug Crews, who worked for Missouri Press Association for 36 years, including more than 25 as its executive director.
Hall of Fame inductees or their families receive Pinnacle Awards in honor of the inductees’ 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.
For more information or pictures of the inductees, contact MPA Editor Matthew Barba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 15, 2016
The Missouri Press Association nominating committee will be meeting in July/August to decide on candidates for 2017 MPA Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, three Directors and National Newspaper Association Representative.
The terms of current MPA Directors James White, Warsaw Benton County Enterprise; Trevor Vernon, Eldon Advertiser; and Jack Miles, Warrensburg Star-Journal, are expiring Dec. 31, 2016.
MPA Secretary Michael Jensen, Sikeston Standard, and MPA Treasurer Liz Irwin, Missouri Lawyers Media, St. Louis, are serving one-year terms, also expiring Dec. 31, 2016.
Tianna Brooks, Mountain View Standard News, is serving her second year as NNA Representative. According to MPA Bylaws, "the representative may not serve more than three years in succession at one time." If elected, she is eligible to serve until Dec. 31, 2017.
Persons who wish to be considered for any of the positions, including those persons whose terms are expiring, must complete a nomination form and return it to Missouri Press Association by July.
Jim Robertson, Columbia Daily Tribune, immediate past president of MPA, is chairman of the nominating committee this year. Elections will be held during the MPA Business Meeting on Sept. 30, in Branson during the MPA's 150th Annual Convention.
April 19, 2016
Missouri’s regional press associations will each hold meetings in the upcoming months covering a wide variety of topics. More information about individual meetings will be available in upcoming Missouri Press publications.
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April 19, 2016
Following 36 years of service to Missouri Press Association, Doug Crews officially stepped down as executive director at the end of February. In honor of his years of service, a retirement reception will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Columbia Country Club.
To RSVP for the reception, contact Kristie Williams via email at email@example.com or by phone 573-449-4167.
Columbia Country Club is located at 2210 N. Country Club Drive in Columbia.
Any donations honoring Crews’ service to Missouri Press should go to Missouri Press Foundation to assist with repairs to MPA’s Arrow Rock Print Shop Museum.
Donations to the Print Shop Museum can be sent to the Foundation at 802 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201.
Executive Director Mark Maassen has taken over Crews’ duties effective March 1.