DownloadsNIE Calendar

2013 - 2014 Calendar
(check back in August for the updated 2014-2015 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: buzzaug12


SEPTEMBER       International Literacy Day – Sept. 8  Read to Your Kids (from the Archives). This half-page feature reinforces the value of families reading together with an essay from longtime reading proponent, “Mr. Read Aloud” Jim Trelease. Includes tips on reading the newspaper together. *ADD YOUR LOGO. Download code: reading2


                             Using the Newspaper to Meet Common Core Standards Teacher Guide – NEW! This 28-page teacher guide offers newspaper-based K-12 classroom activities that teach the language arts skill of the Common Core State Standards, also called the Missouri Learning Standards. Copy and distribute or upload to your website. *ADD YOUR LOGO on the Table of Contents page. Download code: core13


                            Constitution Day Sept. 17 -- Schools are required by federal law to observe Constitution Day. NEW! feature in four-column format. Other available features include quarter-page, half-page (2), full-page. Download code: constitution


OCTOBER           STEM  NEW! 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:stem13


                             National Newspaper Week – Oct. 7-13

                             Commemorate Missouri newspapers with the series Famous Missouri Journalists (from the Archives) featuring Charless, Switzler, Pulitzer, Twain, Field and MPA. Promo ad is available.  Download code: mojournalists


                             Emancipation ProclamationNEW! feature commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, one of our country’s greatest documents of human freedom, issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863.                                                                  

NOVEMBER       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


                              Gideon v. Wainright NEW! two features commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling on the right to an attorney as a fundamental right for a fair trial.

                             Geography Awareness Week – Nov. 17-23

                             Variety of features (from the Archives) available including Candy Bar Geographer, All About Maps, Water World Geography. Download codes: geography08, geography10


DECEMBER        Bill of Rights Day Dec. 15. NEW! feature in four-column format. Two additional features available: quarter page and half page, to teach about the Bill of Rights. Download code: rights

JANUARY            Reading Across Missouri 2014 Project – NEW!

                             Lily the Search and Rescue Dog from Joplin will be the focus of our 2014 Reading Across Missouri  story. Download code: readmo14 *No cost if you begin publishing in January.

FEBRUARY          Black History Month

                              I Have a Dream” NEW! Two features commemorating the 50th 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.


                             Amazing Soil – series (from the Archives) of 8 features on gardening. Covers everything from starting a garden to pest management, composting and more.

                             Download code: garden


MARCH               Women’s History Month

                             First Ladies of America – NEW! series highlighting      presidential wives. MPA will release 8 features to commemorate Women’s History Month. Thanks to The Joplin Globe for sharing its series with Missouri’s newspapers.

                             National Newspaper In Education Week – March 1-5

                             2014 Newspaper In Education Week Teacher Guide from American Press Institution (formerly NAA Foundation) Distribute or post on your Web site.


                             Read Across America DayMarch 3 is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2.

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


APRIL                  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


*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:


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


Lost Ladybug series Two-part science series teaching about ladybugs, the near demise of several domestic species and a call to citizen scientists to help locate and document them. Download code: lostlady *Seasonal – use May through October.


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


Online Store Feature

2014 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

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



Wednesday July 30th

Up, Up and Away! Missouri Press Association is rising to new heights to help our members succeed. We have many great reasons for you to attend the annual convention. Link

Monday July 28th


Thursday July 24th

Do you understand the Campaign Finance Disclosure Law? Check out this Missouri Ethics Commission brochure, which outlines the laws regulating political advertising disclaimers. Link