October 7, 2013Joplin Film Wins An Emmy!

 The Missouri Press Association's film about The Joplin Globe's response to a disastrous tornado has won an EMMY. The Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented the awards Oct. 5 in St. Louis.

"Deadline in Disaster" focuses on how The Globe served its community in the days and weeks after the May 2011 storm that killed 161 people, including one member of the newspaper's staff.

Accepting awards were Beth Pike, Stephen Hudnell and Scott Charton, directors, editors and producers of the film, and Doug Crews, executive director of the Missouri Press Association, all of Columbia.

Also attending the banquet were Michael Beatty, publisher of The Joplin Globe, and Mrs. Sandy Smith, St. Louis, composer of the film's music.

The Missouri Press film competed in the Documentary-Cultural category with finalists from Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis and Champaign, Ill.

This is the second regional EMMY won by the film production team and the Missouri Press Association. The documentary "Trustees for the Public: 200 Years of Missouri Newspapers," a history of the state's newspapers and journalism, was honored in 2009.

The Missouri Press Association, founded in 1867, is the trade association for about 280 Missouri weekly and daily newspapers.

NATAS Mid-America is one of 19 regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, headquartered in New York City. The Mid-America chapter was chartered in 1962 and began honoring outstanding achievement in the region with area EMMY awards in 1976. The Mid-America chapter includes television markets primarily in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.

September 25, 2013Society of 1867

 Missouri Press Foundation wants your newspaper to help spread the word that newspapers are alive and well, contrary to continuing reports about a failing industry.

The Foundation launched the Society of 1867 campaign on Sept. 6 at the MPA Convention in Kansas City. Donations and pledges to the campaign already approach $100,000.

The Missouri Press Foundation is the only organization that exists primarily to champion the future and quality of Missouri's newspapers. Members of the Society of 1867 share the vision of the significant Missouri institutions founded by the Missouri Press Association and newspaper journalists.
Society of 1867 membership is bestowed on partners who recognize the important history of our organization and are dedicated to helping Missouri newspapers meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

One Missouri publisher, Jeff Schrag of the Springfield Daily Events, has donated $10,000 to this program. Schrag serves MPA as a member of its board of directors. His gift at the Walter Williams Level was announced at the Convention during the Newspaper Hall of Fame banquet.

Several gifts already have been received at The State Historical Society of Missouri Level - $5,000. Those were given by Bill Miller Sr. of Washington, Vicki Russell of Columbia, Hank Waters of Columbia, Wallace Vernon of Eldon, Dave Berry of Bolivar and Jon Rust of Cape Girardeau.

All contributions to the Society of 1867 campaign will be acknowledge at the time of their gift or pledge in Missouri Press News and in various other ways.

Please see the Building for the Future form that explains the Society of 1867 program and the levels of giving.

Newspapers can participate in the fund-raising through a Page Builder program, in which they pledge to donate annually the equivalent amount of a full page of advertising, beginning Oct. 1.

Privileges and recognitions for each level of giving are noted on the enclosed flier. They include special gifts, lapel pins and other recognition.

The flier also lists ways the Society of 1867 will work to build a solid future for your newspaper. Those include hiring a Foundation director, developing a Newspaper Toolbox you can use to demonstrate the value of your newspaper to your community and businesses, and training opportunities for you and your staff.

All Page Builder contributions and money donations to the Society of 1867 are 100 percent tax deductible.
The flier includes a form for you to pledge your annual support through Page Builders or with a cash donation.

Building for the Future form

June 18, 2013Foundation Funds Seven Internships

The Missouri Press Foundation has funded summer internships at seven newspapers around the state. Funding ranges up to $1,000 depending on the length of the internship.

Newspapers apply for the internship funding early in the year. A list of the approved internships then is sent to the communications departments and students newspapers at colleges and universities around Missouri. Students and newspapers are responsible for coming to an agreement on internships.

The newspapers and students that have Missouri Press Foundation interns this summer are:

  • The Northeast News, Kansas City: Joshua Phillips of Kansas City, Northwest Missouri State University, Mass Media Journalism. 
  • Jefferson County Leader/Arnold-Imperial Leader: Ashley Reese of DeSoto, University of Missouri-Columbia, Journalism.
  • Webster Co. Citizen: Alexandra Shupert of Springfield, University of Missouri-Columbia, Journalism.
  • Albany Ledger: Jordan Gardner of Chillicothe, University of Missouri-Columbia, Convergence Journalism.
  • The Kansas City Star: Trey Ceaser M. Williams of Kansas City, Northwest Missouri State University, Journalism.
  • Branson Tri-Lakes News: Anna Sangrey of Landisburg, Penn., College of the Ozarks, English.
  • Houston Herald: Douglas Muehlman of Cabool, University of Missouri, Journalism.
The Foundation is the educational and outreach affiliate of the Missouri Press Association, which was founded in 1867 and is headquartered in Columbia.

May 28, 2013Growing the Foundation

The Missouri Press Foundation Annual Report recognizes the newspaper companies and indivdiuals who helped grow the Foundation during 2012. Click on the image to read the full report and learn about the great work of the non-profit Missouri Press Foundation.


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Friday April 11th

Happy 73rd birthday to journalist and columnist Ellen Goodman! Goodman won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in 1980 and has spent her life documenting social change and its impact on American society. Photo courtesy of washingtonpost. Link

Wednesday April 9th

It's not too late to register for the Missouri Advertising Managers Annual Meeting! Registration is open until Friday. We'd love to have you! Link

Friday April 4th

Kent Ford, editor at the Missouri Press Association, was honored Thursday, April 3 at a retirement party recognizing 25 years of service with the association in Columbia. More than 50 newspaper people attended the event. Link



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