Be the Resource for Giving Good Books this Holiday

November 28, 2016

 Help your readers give the gift of a good book this holiday season by publishing one or both of the book recommendation columns offered through Missouri Press. 

Novel Ideas offers suggestions on newly-released books for adults. Three books are recommended each month, and your newspaper may publish in any configuration -- recommend one book a week, three a month or a year's worth in one big feature! The November Novel Ideas column and book jackets are available to download at mo-nie.com using download code: novelnov16. To access previous months, just follow the pattern: noveloct16, novelsep16, etc.

The Book Buzz column offers recommendations on three children's books each month -- two picture books and one chapter book for upper elementary. Book Buzz is written in the voice of Newsbee, a reader bee who offers his Picks for best books. Newsbee's December Book Buzz Picks are available to download at mo-nie.com using download code: buzzdec16. To access previous months, just follow the pattern:  buzznov16, buzzoct16, etc.

All of the recommendations in these book columns are newly-released titles, perfect for helping newspaper readers make gift-giving selections.

 
 

Missouri State Auditor finds only 30 percent compliance with Sunshine Law

November 15, 2016

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway says government must do better when it comes to meeting its obligations to transparency with the public. A newly-released report on compliance with the state's open records laws shows that only 30 percent of local governments fully complied with laws specifically designed to keep government accessible to its citizens.

"My office regularly receives complaints related to access of public information, which is exactly what the Sunshine Law is designed to address," Auditor Galloway said. "For this report, we sent public records requests to hundreds of local governments across the state. The results were extremely disappointing and demonstrate that we have a long way to go in improving transparency and citizen access to information in Missouri government."

Auditor Galloway and her staff sent open records request letters to more than 300 local government entities in every region of the state. The request was fairly simple - to provide a copy of minutes for the last meeting held in 2015, along with the notice and agenda for that meeting, and several other basic pieces of information. The letters were not sent on official office letterhead in order to provide a clearer picture of what the average citizen experiences when requesting information from government. Of those who received a request, 37 percent failed to acknowledge it or respond within the three-day time period required by law. Some of those eventually provided information after the deadline, but 16 percent did not respond at all.

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Set Sail with Ocean Challenge Live!

November 4, 2016

Don't miss the opportunity to share an exciting new series, Ocean Challenge Live, with your readers! 

This weekend, Rich Wilson, Skipper of the 60-foot yacht, Great American IV, will embark on a solo, non-stop race around the world. This race, named the Vendée Globe 2016, is widely recognized as the ultimate challenge in sailing. The 27-boat fleet will start in France, sail south past the equator into the South Atlantic, east around Africa's Cape of Good Hope, across the Indian and Pacific Oceans, then around treacherous Cape Horn at the Southern tip of South American, and return to France.

This journey of approximately 28,000 miles will be accomplished in about 100 days. Ocean Challenge Live! will follow the Vendée Globe 2016 around-the-world-race from November 2016 through February 2017. Readers of all ages will enjoy following Wilson's progress at sea.

The first feature in the series is available now to download at www.mo-nie.com using the code: vg2016. A new feature will be posted each week. Newspapers may use the features in print or online. A teacher guide is available to post on your website as well.

Email Dawn Kitchell, dawnkitchell@gmail.com, with any questions.

 
 

Incident Report

November 2, 2016

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday season and the increasing number of law enforcement incidents this time of year brings, Jean Maneke of The Maneke Law Group and the Missouri Press Association are reminding newspapers of an available incident report that streamlines the process of collecting information from their local law enforcement agencies.

This form was prepared by the Missouri Attorney General's office, in cooperation with various law enforcement agencies around the state and the Missouri Press Association, to satisfy the requirements contained in Section 610.100 regarding what should be contained in an incident report, which is a public record. It is available for free use by all law enforcement agencies in the state.

Download Incident Report Here
 
 

Share this new Resource with Teachers

November 1, 2016

 Missouri Press has a new classroom resource for you to share with teachers in your community -- a set of newspaper task cards called Newsworthy Moments.

These sets of cards have tasks written on them for students to work on independently with a newspaper. Teachers say task cards are a highly motivating and effective teaching tool that can be used across the curriculum.

The Newsworthy Moments set includes 33 cards, each highlighting a skill measured on Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests. Each card features an elementary and secondary newspaper activity to reinforce or measure mastery of that skill.

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Missouri Press Association and ATT

October 5, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, the Missouri Press Association (MPA), local Missouri newspapers and AT&T are joining together to host an It Can Wait editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions. The contest begins on October 3 and is open to middle school and high school students from across Missouri.

According to research that AT&T released earlier this year, Missouri is one of four states without a statewide texting while driving ban for drivers of all ages. As a group, those four states without a texting ban for all ages have a 17 percent higher rate of texting while driving than the other 46 states. This year, the MPA contest challenges students to write an editorial or opinion column convincing the Missouri General Assembly to join the 46 other states by adopting a statewide anti-texting while driving ban that applies to all drivers – not just those 21 and younger.  

“While raising awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions is important, this research shows how state legislation can impact behavior,” said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. “I want to thank the Missouri Press Association and its members for their continued efforts to educate their communities about this critical public safety issue and help spread the word that no text, photo, video or email is worth a life – it can wait."

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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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