You're so wise; we need your help!

January 11, 2016

Missouri Press Association thinks you’re pretty smart!

We are looking for your help to judge the Kansas Press Association’s 2016 Awards of Excellence Contest!  Judging starts Jan. 22 with a deadline of Feb. 24. The categories will consist of news, design and advertising. Please remember, the more judges we have sign up, the lighter each judge’s assignments will be.

We appreciate your time and assistance so very much!

Please use the online form to let us know what you’d like to judge!


Reward your advertising team, submit entries for Best Ad Contest!

January 7, 2016


Start the year off right by rewarding and motivating your advertising team. Nominate them to win awards for their outstanding work from the Missouri Advertising Managers’ Association with the 2016 Best Ad contest.

The Jan. 15 deadline for entries is fast approaching. Awards will be presented March 10 at the beautiful Camden on the Lake Resort during the annual MAMA meeting.

For rules and entry instructions, visit

You may make hotel reservations for the meeting, March 10-11, by calling 1-888-365-5620 and asking for the Missouri Advertising Managers’ Association rate of $112; the group code is MAMA0316.

For more information, contact Kristie Williams at


A statehouse year of 'S' words

December 30, 2015

By Mark Hughes and Phill Brooks

Missouri Digital News 

News from Missouri's statehouse for 2015 was dominated by words starting with the letter 'S' - suicide, scandal, Syria, stadium and Series.

Suicide: The self-inflicted fatal gunshots of State Auditor Tom Schweich, followed by his spokesperson, Spence Jackson, sent reverberations across Missouri's political landscape.

Schweich was a leading candidate for the GOP nomination for governor against a former House speaker and U.S. attorney, Catherine Hanaway.

On Feb. 26, 2015, he committed suicide at home after complaining of a whisper campaign by the state GOP chair falsely identifying him as of the Jewish faith.

Schweich also had been the target of a radio advertisement mocking his small-frame appearance. The advertisement was produced by a political firm that had been hired by Hanaway's campaign, according to the New York Times. The firm later announced that it, not Hanaway, had been responsible for the ad.

Just a month later, on March 29, Schweich's spokesperson was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"I just can't take being unemployed again," police reported he had written in a suicide note in reference to the likelihood of replacements in the auditor's staff.

Schweich's death led to a transformation in Missouri politics, shifting partisan control of a statewide office when Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon replaced Republican Schweich with a Democrat, Boone County's Treasurer, Nicole Galloway.

And with Schweich's departure from the gubernatorial campaign, a number of other candidates jumped in - some... continued...


MPA monitoring bills filed in Jefferson City

December 29, 2015

The Missouri General Assembly is set to convene on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Jefferson City. This year's legislative session is scheduled to end on Friday, May 13.

Missouri Press Association staff members, along with Gallagher Consultants in Jefferson City, have been monitoring bills since pre-filing began on Dec. 1.

So far, 565 House bills and 267 Senate bills have been introduced.  Also, 11 constitutional amendments have been introduced by House members, and 18 constitutional amendments have been introduced by Senators.

Missouri Press Association will be providing members a weekly legislative report via email during the session, and if you wish to receive the report, please contact Doug Crews  or Mark Maassen , and we'll add you to the list.

It's very important that you contact your legislators when you receive any "legislative alerts" from MPA during the session.  It's vital that you pick up the phone and make a call or send your legislator an email when your help is requested.  It's important that legislators hear from their constituents "back home."  Thanks!

Below is a list of House and Senate bills that have been filed and the bills' sponsors.  These bills are of particular interest to newspapers. Several of the bills would close or expunge criminal records of job applicants.  Some would affect the Sunshine Law.  A few bills relate to body cameras worn by police.

You may... continued...


In his own words: Student journalist Tim Tai

December 3, 2015


On Monday, Nov. 9, student journalist Tim Tai found himself in the middle of the story at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia when he tried to cover protests that led to top university officials resigning.

With much of the response to the story focusing on the reaction to how MU staff treated Tai and other journalists on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle, the 20-year-old senior from St. Louis says there was no way he could have backed down from covering the story.

Below is a little bit about Tai in his own words, including what drives him as a journalist and what it was like covering some of the state's biggest stories in recent years.

What brought you to Columbia?

I applied to 19 colleges for a variety of majors, including journalism. I got into roughly half of the schools I applied to and was trying to decide whether to pursue journalism or architecture, ultimately. I decided on journalism, thinking I didn't have the artistic skills necessary to become an architect, and Mizzou was the most financially feasible option, by a long stretch.

In addition, former J-school undergraduate dean Brian Brooks recruited me through the Walter Williams Scholars program and I also was offered the opportunity to do research as a freshman with Professor Clyde Bentley through the Honors College's Discovery Fellows program, which really appealed to me.

How did you first become interested in photography?

I asked my parents for a DSLR in my last semester of high school, thinking photography would be an easy thing to pick up for fun or as a... continued...


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2016 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

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





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