August 22, 2007
By David BradleyThose lazy, hazy days that fill our Missouri summer have passed by too quickly. It’s time to pull out all the stops in the 4th quarter to rescue an anemic financial year for many newspaper companies.
In case you need reinforcement, the Missouri Press Association annual convention in St. Louis Sept. 6-8 will provide you some great tools to salvage your bottom line. The trip will pay for itself many times over. Besides, you’ll make some new friends, reacquaint with old ones and have some fun.
One by-law change that will be voted on at MPA’s Sept. 7 business meeting will be a new membership category for online newspapers. Your MPA Board is bringing the matter before the full membership after discussing the issue for several years. New online members will be required to originate general information and not serve a special interest.
I believe the new member class will enhance our status as a multi-platform organization.
Meanwhile, the newspaper industry made some progress in Washington, D.C., in August with the proposed Free Flow of Information Act. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved the bill to provide federal protection for the confidential sources of journalists. The Senate awaits action on a similar bill. Missouri needs to pass similar legislation to protect sources at the state level. We didn’t have debate on the issue on the Senate floor last session after the House passed it 147-5 and a Senate committee passed it 7-1. My hometown senator, Charlie Shields (R-St. Joseph), left me with a little egg on my face when he couldn’t find time to bring it to the floor of the upper chamber. We’ll try again... continued...
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