Winners to Receive Fellowships

October 24, 2014

Contact: Beth S. RiggertCommunications CounselSupreme Court of Missouri(573) 751-3676FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 23 October 2014       2014 “CONSTITUTION PROJECT” WINNERS TO RECEIVE FELLOWSHIPSJEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Three dozen students will be selected from among thosecompeting statewide in the 2014 Constitution Project to receive thefirst-ever Constitution Fellowships in the disciplines of crime sceneinvestigation, journalism and trial advocacy, the Supreme Court ofMissouri’s Committee on Civic Education announced today. One outstandingstudent from each field from each school competing this year will bedeclared a Constitution Fellow.“The Constitution Project is unique in its ability to immerse students inlearning about the importance of the constitution in their lives,” saidSupreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge, chair of the Court’s civiceducation committee. “Regardless of who wins the statewide championship,there are winners at every level of this competition. The new ConstitutionFellowships allow us to honor outstanding students from every competingschool and give them an invaluable opportunity for special exposure to andinstruction from experts in their chosen disciplines.”Constitution Fellows in journalism will spend a day at the University ofMissouri-Columbia School of Journalism; fellows in crime sceneinvestigation will spend a day at the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s crimelab in Jefferson City; and fellows in trial advocacy will spend a day atthe University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Along with theseorganizations, the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg also is aco-sponsor of the new Constitution... continued...

Missouri Film Office Seeks Entries for Inaugural Scriptwriting Competition

October 23, 2014


Contact:Andrea Sporcic Klund, Missouri Film Office, 573-526-3566

 Missouri Film Office Seeks Entries for Inaugural Scriptwriting Competition Jefferson City, Mo. –The Missouri Film Office is looking for writers who have penned screenplays or TV pilot scripts set in the Show-Me State. The newly established Missouri Stories Screenwriting Fellowship Program officially is open to screenwriters from around the country through Nov. 28. Sponsored by the Missouri Film Office and the Missouri Motion Media Association, the competition culminates with an all-expenses-paid fellowship experience in Missouri. Full program details, including important dates to remember, rules and the submissions form, are available at A highlight of the fellowship experience is the opportunity to work with mentors who are established in the film industry. The Missouri Film Office announced Bob Gale – perhaps best known for co-writing films in the “Back to the Future” trilogy – has signed on as a program mentor. Gale is a native of University City and an Academy Award nominee for his work on the original “Back to the Future” screenplay. “The opportunity to encourage writers who have projects set in Missouri is exciting,” says Andrea Sporcic Klund, film office specialist from the Missouri Film Office, a part of the Missouri Division of Tourism. “We can’t wait to see the creative perspectives expressed through... continued...

October 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:September 30, 2014

Contact: Doug Crews, Executive DirectorMissouri Press Association(573)

Missouri Press Association elects 2015 presidentManaging editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune to succeed Richard Gard

Jim Robertson, a native of Wyaconda in northeast Missouri, is managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. A graduate of the MU School of Journalism, Robertson has worked in community newspapers since 1977. After working as a reporter and editor at the Chariton Courier in Keytesville and the Kingdom Daily News in Fulton, he joined the staff of the Columbia Daily Tribune in 1981 and became managing editor in 1987. Under his leadership, the Tribune has won numerous awards for news, photography and commentary. He has served in leadership positions on the boards of Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Society of Newspaper Editors and the Missouri Sunshine Coalition. He also serves on the Missouri Governor's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Robertson's community activities include former board leadership roles for Job Point, a job training and employment agency, and on Columbia's New Century Fund. He was a founding member of the Mid-Missouri Community Foundation board of directors. He and his wife, Debbie, a family nurse practitioner, have two daughters, Jaime Dodson, a nurse, and Cody Higgins, a speech pathologist. Robertson, elected Sept. 26 will succeed Richard Gard, St. Louis Daily Record, Missouri Lawyers Media, as president of the Missouri Press Association Jan. 1. Gard will continue on the MPA board of directors through 2015 as immediate past president. Other 2015 MPA officers and directors elected Sept. 26 are: First... continued...


2014 Constitution Project

September 19, 2014

Whitney PayneDeputy Communications CounselSupreme Court of Missouri(573) 751-0418

The 2014 Constitution Project Officially Kicks Off in Jefferson City

Nearly 200 students of 12 schools selected from across the state gathered at the state capitol September 17, 2014, also known as Constitution Day, for kickoff festivities for the 2014 Constitution Project.

The students cheered from their seats in the House of Representatives chamber as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri Mary Russell slammed the gavel from the dais and officially declared the project begun."The Constitution is a great gift that has been given to you," Judge Russell reminded the students. "We are so proud of you for your commitment to our Constitution and to our nation."

Cardinal-Ritter College Preparatory High School in St. Louis, Clayton High School in Clayton, Park Hills Central High School in Park Hills; Washington High School in Washington; Dixon High School in Dixon, Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School in Columbia, Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City; St. James High School in St. James; Houston High School in Houston, Logan-Rogersville High School in Rogersville, Nixa High School in Nixa and West Plains High School in West Plains were selected as the competitors in this years' project. The students with assistance from organizations such as the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Sheriff's Association, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Missouri Press Association, Missouri Broadcasters Association and The Missouri Bar will compete in projects related to the disciplines of journalism, crime scene investigation, trial advocacy and multi-media. ... continued...


Insurance Providers Join Forces

January 9, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:Monte ShieldsKeane Insurance Group, The Keane Insurance Group and Tom McNeill Combine Forces to Provide Medical Malpractice Solutions in Missouri and Kansas ST. LOUIS, MO (January 9, 2014) - The Keane Insurance Group is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Tom McNeill, former COO of MSMA Insurance Agency, to add a higher level of service to its team of healthcare specialists in Missouri and Kansas. The move combines the two largest players in the area's medical malpractice insurance market. McNeill, a veteran in medical malpractice insurance sales, brings 33 years of experience in healthcare to the Keane Group. McNeill's experience and Keane's size and strength will provide greater service to existing physician clients as well as broaden the scope of resources available to all physicians in the region. McNeill comes to the Keane Group after serving as an independent broker and COO of the MSMA Insurance Agency for 10 years, where he built a book of business from the ground up, growing the business from $1,000,000 in annual written premium up to over $12,000,000 annually. He assisted in the launch of the MSMA Insurance Agency and was responsible for the agency budget, managing the sales force, and servicing a book of business. Previously McNeill served in hospital operations and management as well as physician group practice management roles. His extensive healthcare background gives him a unique understanding of the needs of both hospitals and physicians. In the last few years the Keane Group has been expanding its services to... continued...

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Friday October 31st

Help Missouri Press assist Colorado Press Association! We still need several more people to serve as judges to help with the upcoming Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Let's return the favor! If you are willing to help, just email Kristie Williams: kwilliams@socket. Link

Friday October 31st


Friday October 31st

The new STEM Teacher Guide is now available! "Building STEM Skills with the Newspaper," is now available to download at Link



Help Missouri Press assist @ColoradoPress! We still need several more people to serve as judges to help!
Friday October 31st


Have you seen photographer Duane Dailey's "Missouri Mules and Men" exhibit? The exhibit is extended until Nov. 14!
Friday October 31st


MPA's new STEM Teacher Guide is now available! Use the download code stemguide at #newspapers #education
Friday October 31st


#TBT of Missouri newspaper executives meeting with President Kennedy! Who do you recognize? #missourijournalism
Thursday October 30th