DownloadsNIE Calendar

2015-2016 Calendar


This calendar reflects the material Missouri Press will make available to our newspapers during the school year. Watch this website and Missouri Press News magazine for updates to this calendar. Features are available for download at using assigned codes.

AUGUST             Book Buzz & Novel Ideas – Two columns, one for children and one for adults, available monthly. Book jackets available. Download code Buzz or Novel + first three letters of month + last two numbers of year, ex: buzzaug15


SEPTEMBER       International Literacy Day – Sept. 8  –  NEW! MPA will provide a feature to celebrate reading on International Literacy Day.


                             STEM inside the Newspaper Teacher Guide(Archives) This new teacher guide offers newspaper-based classroom activities that teach the skills of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Copy and distribute or upload to your website. Download code: stemguide


                             MAGNA CARTA --  NEW!   Celebrate Constitution Day (Sept. 17) and the history of democracy with this feature commemorating the 800th anniversary of the document that established the principal that no one is above the law. Download code: magna

                             (Archives) Constitution IQ Quiz/answer key, quarter-page, 4-column, half-page (2), full-page. Download code: constitution


                             Voting Rights Act of 1965 –  NEW! On Aug. 6, 1965, President Johnson signed this law outlawing discriminatory voting practices. Commemorate this hard-earned civil rights legislation with this feature. Download code: Vote1965


                             Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan –  NEW! Young readers will learn about the Missouri nonpartisan court plan, known as the Missouri Plan, a national model for the selection of judges that has been adopted in more than 30 other states. Download code: MOPlan

OCTOBER          National Newspaper Week – Oct.4-10

                             NEW! MPA will produce a feature commemorating the 75th anniversary of the celebration of Newspapers. Download code: npweek


                             Digital Citizenship –  NEW!  Series coving the themes of digital access, digital commerce, digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital rights and responsibilities, digital health and wellness, digital security (self protection).



NOVEMBER       Veteran’s Day – Nov. 11

                             Veteran’s Day (Archives) feature teaches about the history of Veteran’s Day.  Download code: veterans

                           Flag Day (Archives) offers guidelines on flag etiquette. Download code: usflag 

DECEMBER        Bill of Rights Day Dec. 15(Archives) features available: quarter page, four column and half page, to teach about the Bill of Rights. Download code: rights

                             Emancipation Proclamation(Archives) feature commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863. Download code: ep150

JANUARY            Reading Across Missouri 2016 Project – NEW!

                                This year’s serial will share take young readers on a Night at the State Capitol. Download code: readmo16 *No cost if you publish the story within the allotted time.


FEBRUARY          Agriculture -- It's Everywhere! NEW! Special section and series. Commemorate Thank a Farmer Week Feb. 7-13 and FFA Week Feb. 20-27. Watch for details on how to order printed copies at no cost.


                             Black History Month

                              (Archives)I Have a Dream” Two features commemorating the  anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech calling for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.


MARCH               Women’s History Month

                             First Ladies of America - NEW! Part three of a series highlighting presidential wives. Twelve new features to add to the current series of 24. Thanks to the Joplin Globe for donating this series. Download code: ladies.                 


                             Read Across America DayMarch 2 is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday.

                             Reading Across Missouri feature (Archives) aligns newspaper activities to Seuss books.  Download code: read1


                             National Newspaper In Education Week – March 6-12                


                             Sunshine Week – March 13-19  NEW! Help spread sunshine with this feature educating readers on the National Freedom of Information Act and the Sunshine Law. Download code: sunshine



APRIL                  Earth Day – April 22

                             The Big Muddy – (Archives) feature teaches about the river and the importance of keeping it clean – not just at its banks, but also throughout the Missouri River watershed, which drains 1/6 of all the water in the United States. Download code: bigmuddy


MAY                    Law Day – May 1

                             Declaration of Independence – NEW! The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of the American political tradition. Send students off for the summer with this final civic feature.



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Missouri Press has thousands of downloadable files archived for newspapers to use. All are available at no charge. For descriptions of the features, visit Some recommendations:

Using the Newspaper to Meet Learning Standards Teacher Guide – UPDATED! This 28-page teacher guide offers newspaper-based K-12 classroom activities that teach the language arts skill of the Missouri Learning Standards. Copy and distribute or upload to your website. Download code: standards14

STEM  9-part series highlighting science, technology, engineering and math – key topics in today’s educational arena. Thanks to the St. Louis American for sharing its award-winning series with Missouri’s newspapers. Use in a series or as a monthly feature. Download code: mostem


Emancipation Proclamation – feature commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation, one of our country’s greatest documents of human freedom, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863. Download code: ep150


Missouri History through the Art in Our Capitol   7-part series highlights the rich treasures inside our State Capitol, including: introduction to the art, Indians, mining, railroads, steamboats, capitols and Civil War. Download code: moart12


Digital Citizenship Four-part series on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Download code: digital08


Civil War Amendments Four-part series on amendments to the U.S. Constitution that followed the Civil War: 13, 14 and 15. Download code: cwamend


A Nation Divided: The American Civil War – As the sesquicentennial winds down, publish one or all of the 10-part series. Download code: civilwar


Online Store Feature

2015 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

An alphabetical resource guide to all of the newspapers in the state of Missouri. $45.00



Wednesday September 2nd

REMINDER: The MPA Convention will have FREE sessions for Young Journalists. Friday, Sept. Link

Monday August 31st

The Missouri Press Association’s 149th Annual Convention & Trade Show is less than TWO weeks away! Make plans now to attend the 2015 Annual Convention scheduled Sept. 10-12, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Link

Friday August 28th Link



REMINDER: The MPA Convention will have FREE sessions for young journalists and high school advisers. Register today!
Wednesday September 2nd


The MPA Annual Convention and Trade Show is less than TWO weeks away, so don't miss out and register today!
Monday August 31st


Before today, 8 journalists have been murdered while on assignment, at work or for their work in the U.S. since 1992
Friday August 28th


The @kcpolice will provide FREE personal safety training for local media members on Saturday, August 29.
Thursday August 27th