Trustees for the public

Tr ustees for the Public – 200 Years of Missouri Newspapers
2009 EMMY Award Winner

Historical Documentary
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The 2009 Emmy Award winning Trustees for the Public celebrates the rich heritage of journalists in small-town weeklies and urban dailies in the Midwest.  The first newspaper west of the Mississippi, The Missouri Gazette, began in St. Louis in 1808 to print laws of the new territory.

Thousands of newspapers have thrived and disappeared over the past two hundred years.  Publishers and editors recount stories from the days of hot type and newspaper carriers on street corners to today’s modern newsrooms, high-speed presses and the emergence of newspapers’ use of the Internet.  Famous writers, including Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and the Poet Eugene Field, got their early start at community newspapers.  Twain later wrote of his days as a “printers devil” at the Hannibal Courier-Post, “Surreptitiously and uninvited, I helped to edit the paper when no one was watching.” 

Ernest Hemingway began as a cub reporter at the Kansas City Star, and credits the Star for learning to use “vigorous English” and how to write short sentences and short first paragraphs.  Present-day journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winning author, Ron Powers, are also featured in the documentary.  Produced by Missouri Press Association and directed by Beth Pike and Stephen Hudnell.  Original music score by Sandra Levy Smith.  Runs 56 min.  Teacher’s Guide and Public Discussion Guide can be downloaded below, for free.

Video Trailer for Trustees for the Public
200 Years of Missouri Newspapers



Film Credits
Public Discussion Guide

Missouri Press Association offers other videos it has produced at no-charge, including The Journalist’s Creed by Walter Williams, on their YouTube channel

Trustees for the Public: 200 Years of Missouri Newspapers
© 2008, The Missouri Press Association
802 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201
59:00 minutes

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