September 10, 2015
July 24, 2015
WASHINGTON—Small towns and rural areas may soon get more attention from the U.S. Postal Service, following several years of post office and mail sorting facility closings. The Senate Appropriations Committee this week ordered new examination of the on-time arrival of mail outside urban areas. National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE, said the new requirement resulted from NNA’s work to improve rural mail service. He expressed NNA’s thanks to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, for being the champion of a new rural mail service measurement.
Blunt said, “Rural mail delivery has been increasingly strained in recent years, especially with additional mail processing center closures in my state. Many rural Missourians have experienced delayed mail, and it is a problem that needs to be addressed. I am pleased the Appropriations Committee included my language directing the Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission to work together to create a measurement to determine rural mail delivery times. With the U.S. Postal Service expressing support for this language, this is a constructive step forward to address the ongoing challenges facing rural mail service.”
“NNA always works for the benefit of smaller communities in the U.S., and we know that mail is particularly important to our towns. Since 2011 when mail processing facilities began to close, most of us community newspaper people have seen deterioration in the... continued...
July 22, 2015
The St. Louis American's Newspaper In Education program has been honored with a World Young Reader Prize by WAN-IFRA for the STEM feature it creates and delivers inside printed newspapers each week to urban schools in St. Louis. Twenty-two newspapers will be recognized for innovative programs at the WAN-IFRA conference in Mumbai, India on Sept. 3.
Read about all of the honorees and observations on the state of worldwide newspaper engagement with young readers here.
July 15, 2015
The induction reception and banquet are scheduled 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, during the 149th annual Convention of the Missouri Press Association (MPA) at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia. This will be the 25th group to be inducted into the Newspaper Hall of Fame, which was established by MPA in 1991.
This year's inductees are the late George A. Killenberg, former executive editor of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat; the late William H. “Bill” Plummer, reporter, editor and photographer for more than 50 years with the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune; the late Col. Robert Morgan White, who published the Mexico Ledger beginning in 1876; and Darryl Wilkinson, publisher of the Gallatin North Missourian.
Hall of Fame inductees or their families receive Pinnacle Awards in honor of the inductees’ service to the Missouri newspaper industry and their communities. Inductees’ plaques will join the permanent display of inductees in the MPA office in Columbia and in the student lounge in Lee Hills Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism.
July 12, 2015
Missouri Press and its partners will bring Missouri newspapers 11 new educational features/series this coming school year! From the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence, Digital Literacy, Agriculture and more. YOUR newspaper will be a terrific educational resource for teachers and families in your community!
Find a copy of the NIE calendar in the July Missouri Press News magazine or visit the NIE Calendar link on our website!
July 10, 2015
By Jon Fleischaker and Ashley Pack, Kentucky Press Association General Counsels, Dinsmore & Shohl
The legal landscape is changing rapidly. Same-sex marriages are now legal in Kentucky. While Kentucky laws do not currently protect sexual orientation, we anticipate that discrimination laws will be expanded in the near future to include prohibitions against discriminating against an individual on the basis of his or her sexual orientation in the workplace and in public accommodation laws.
In fact, many cities and towns already have ordinances prohibiting such discrimination. We expect that there will be a new line of cases contesting various issues associated with same sex marriages and the expansion of sexual orientation laws, and a newspaper’s decision to not publish a same-sex marriage announcement (while it treats other marriage announcements differently) may well be determined to be discriminatory.
In any event, it will be time-consuming and expensive to defend any such lawsuit. We have been through similar experiences in dealing with fair housing advocates, who regularly review housing and apartment ads in Kentucky newspapers and make claims for damages when they see what they view as alleged discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing laws. It is not only a serious irritant to those involved, but it is costly to litigate and/or settle such claims. There can be no... continued...
Friday July 24th
Laura Johnston, assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and news editor of the Columbia Missourian, speaks at the MPF Sports Reporting Training Camp. Today, Johnston is speaking about how to do more with less in today’s digital world and how to edit stories quickly on deadline and what to look for when you’re doing it. Link
Friday July 24th
Greg Bowers, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and sports editor of the Columbia Missourian, talks during the MPF Sports Reporting Training Camp in Columbia, Mo. Bowers is talking about the day to come, including a portion on how to use your iPhone to take great sports photos. Link
Thursday July 23rd
#tbt to the 104th Missouri Press Association Annual Convention at St. Louis in 1970. Link