May 17, 2016
Access to records maintained by public governmental bodies took a hit in the 2016 legislative session. New laws, if signed by Governor Nixon, will limit public access to police videos, some voluntary agricultural data, and crime scene photographs. Most bills that were approved become effective on August 28, 2016, unless noted.
There were a few brushes where defense by MPA came into play with bills attempting to limit public records and limit public notices published in newspapers.
A bill to close police records related to incidents of suicide and attempted suicide did not pass (HB 2473, sponsored by Rep. Genise Montecillo).
A bill to close the names of Missouri Lottery winners did not pass (HB 2422, sponsored by Rep. Jeremy LaFaver).
A bill to close certain records in County Assessors’ offices did not pass (HB 1956, sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman).
A bill that could have eliminated the county financial statement published in local newspapers, replacing it with a posting on the county’s web site, did not pass (HB 2089, sponsored by Rep. Jason Chipman).
On a more positive note, a few bills approved contain NEW public notices required to be published in local newspapers.
Thanks to those publishers, editors and staff members who contacted their legislators on various issues. It is most important for MPA members to stay in touch with their senators and representatives on issues that are vital to the newspaper industry.
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April 27, 2016
Celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence with a new feature from Missouri Press and The Missouri Bar.
On June 11, 1776, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and a few others were appointed to a committee to draft a declaration of independence from England. The Continental Congress officially adopted their Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4.
Take advantage of your schools' final weeks in session by publishing the feature in May in celebration of Law Day, or use it any time leading up to Independence Day in July.
To access the half-page feature, visit mo-nie.com and use download code: declaration.
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
To register, visit http://bit.ly/1UqxRjI to download the form or contact Missouri Press Foundation Director Melody Bezenek at 573-449-4167 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost for play is $75 for individuals and $300 for teams. If you do not have a team, you can be grouped with other participants.
The golf classic will be played at A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia on June 16. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start for play will be at noon.
All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Missouri Press Foundation. All Missouri Press members and guests are welcome to participate.
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.
April 6, 2016
Summer internships last four, six or eight weeks. Eligible students must be enrolled in a post-secondary academic, professional or vocational newspaper journalism program in Missouri. In addition to earning a salary, interns may receive institutional credit, if their school allows it. Interns must assume responsibility to arrange credit with their institution.
Student interns may work as reporters, editors, photographers, designers, advertising representatives or web site editors/reporters, depending on the job being offered by the participating newspapers.
For more information on where internships are available, please click on the photo below. If you would like to intern, contact the newspaper offering the internship.
Wednesday May 25th
Register for the Judicial-Media Knowledge Exchange workshop on June 30 from 7:30 a.m. Link
Tuesday May 24th
Register for the Northwest Press Association meeting June 9 on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph. Link
Monday May 23rd
Tee off in Columbia for this year's Porter Fisher Golf Classic on June 16! To register, visit http://bit.ly/1UqxRjI to download the form or contact Missouri Press Foundation Director Melody Bezenek at 573-449-4167 or by email at mbezenek@socket. Link