Missouri newspapers provide the citizens and the communities they serve with important information on topics ranging from abandoned property to zoological districts. Individuals, businesses and governmental entities often are required by law to publish certain information in newspapers qualified by statute to publish public notices.
It is important that the newspaper's staff members are familiar with the requirements outlined by state law. The Missouri Press Association provides an index which will help connect the person or group with the relevant state statute.
Once you know the statute number that affects the particular publication requirement, you can go to www.moga.mo.gov/ to find the specific wording and requirements of the law. Once there, click on MO STATUTES in the left column and click on STATUTE SEARCH.
If you have any questions about this guide, please contact the Missouri Press Association.
Also available is a series of Public Notice ads that help inform your readership as to the importance of keeping public notices in the newspaper.
Click the image to download the full-size, color pdf. Or click the link below each ad for a black and white version.
Here some new 2-column Public Notice ads with a Q&A theme. Click on the links below each ad to download the PDFs.
Missouri Press Association recently brought online a new web site that provides a searchable database of public notices that are published in Missouri newspapers. Maintained by GeoTel / NewzGroup in Columbia, the site can be accessed at www.mopublicnotices.com
Friday October 24th
Read more about this wonderful opportunity in Missouri Journalism! "Now in its second year statewide, the Constitution Project is an intensive, hands-on competition that engages students in investigating a mock crime scene, reporting about the crime and processing the resulting case as it progresses through the system, culminating in a mock trial – all under the mentorship of local professionals in the fields of crime scene investigation, journalism and trial advocacy." Link
Friday October 24th
Missouri Press Association needs 15 more people to serve as judges to help with the upcoming Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Their newspaper people recently helped judge the MPA contest, so it's time to return the favor! You can sign up with the form below. Link
Thursday October 23rd
Cliff Schiappa welcomes the 2014 Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame inductees in Washington, Mo. Link