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 www.mo-nie.com 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: buzzaug14
SEPTEMBER International Literacy Day – Sept. 8 – NEW! LIFT off to Literacy. This feature will promote literacy and a special initiative by the IRA and NASA to encourage children and families to pledge 60 seconds more a day to reading.
STEM inside the Newspaper Teacher Guide – NEW! 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
Constitution Day – Sept. 17 -- Schools are required by federal law to observe Constitution Day. NEW! Publish this Constitution IQ Quiz in your newspaper to let readers test their knowledge of our nation’s founding document. Pull them through the paper to the Classifieds or another section with a small companion answer key. Other available features include quarter-page, 4-column, half-page (2), full-page. Download code: constitution
Civil Rights Act of 1964 - NEW! series on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including public accommodations, Brown vs. BOE, President Lyndon B. Johnson
OCTOBER National Newspaper Week – Oct. 6-12
Celebrate with Famous Missouri Journalists - NEW! Four new features on Lucille Bluford, Walter Cronkite, Mary Paxton Keeley and Walter Williams, add to the archived series featuring Charles, Switzler, Pulitzer, Twain, Field and MPA. Promo ad is available. Download code: mojournalists
NOVEMBER Fall of the Berlin Wall – NEW! feature commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9, 1989, that led to the reunification of Germany.
Veteran’s Day – Nov. 11
Veteran’s Day (from the Archives) feature teaches about the history of Veteran’s Day.
Download code: veterans
Flag Day (from the Archives) feature offers guidelines on flag etiquette. Download code: usflag
DECEMBER Bill of Rights Day – Dec. 15. (from the Archives) features available: quarter page, four column and half page, to teach about the Bill of Rights. Download code: rights
JANUARY Reading Across Missouri 2015 Project – NEW!
This year’s serial will share the story of The Gashouse Gang -- the St. Louis Cardinals team of 1934. The team won 95 games, the NL pennant, and the World Series in seven games over the Detroit Tigers .Download code: readmo15 *No cost if you publish the story within the allotted time.
FEBRUARY Black History Month
“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 two of a series highlighting presidential wives. MPA will release 12 more features to commemorate Women’s History Month. (12 were released in 2013.) Thanks to The Joplin Globe for sharing its series with Missouri’s newspapers. Download code: ladies
National Newspaper In Education Week – March 2-8
Read Across America Day – March 2 is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday.
Reading Across Missouri feature (from the Archives) aligns newspaper activities to Seuss books. Download code: read1
APRIL Gideon v. Wainright – (from the Archives) two features
commemorating the landmark Supreme Court ruling on
the right to an attorney as a fundamental right for a fair
trial. Download code: right2
Civil War Amendments – (from the Archives) Four-part
series on amendments to the U.S. Constitution that
followed the Civil War: 13, 14 and 15. Download code:
Earth Day – April 22
The Big Muddy – (from the 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
Law Day Feature – (from the Archives) Commemorate Law Day with this feature from MPA and The Missouri Bar on our celebration of liberty! Download code: lawday1
Summer Road Trip Series -- NEW! This series will take young readers on a journey across the state with interactive activities planned along the way. More details coming!
*Missouri Press has thousands of downloadable files archived for newspapers to use. All are available at no charge. For descriptions of the features, visit mopress.com. 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
MPF also offers more than three dozen serialized stories for a minimal charge, based on circulation. Most stories are eight chapters and many have companion teacher guides. For more information on our serial stories, visit http://www.mopress.com/NIE_Serial_Story.php
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 â€“ 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