Submit nominations for MPA's top awards

March 6, 2017

Nominations are being taken now for three of the top awards of the Missouri Press Association and Foundation:

— Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame— Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame— Outstanding Young Journalist

Nominations for all three of the 2017 awards must be in the MPA office by March 31.

Nomination forms are at current_forms.php , or you can contact Matthew Barba by phone at 573-449-4167, ext. 302, or by email at

At the 2017 MPA Convention (Sept. 28-30) in Springfield, Newspaper Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted and Outstanding Young Journalist award winners — one from a weekly and one from a daily — will be recognized and receive their cash awards. Photojournalism Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted in a ceremony this fall.

Each of the nomination forms includes the criteria for selection.

Anyone is welcome to nominate people for these honors. Provide as much documentation as you can and any letters of support from others in the newspaper industry or other friends and associates.


2017 Missouri Advertising Managers' Association

March 6, 2017

Sign up today for Missouri Advertising Managers' Association Meeting! We have a great two days of new ideas, great speakers, awards, networking and fun planned!

 The meeting will be held April 6-7 at Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia.

 We have a packed schedule this year. On Thursday, April 6, the featured speaker will be Jack Miller from True Media. Jack will be speaking about the hot buttons that advertising agencies look at when placing ads. Jim Sterling from Missouri School of Journalism will then present great ideas for special sections. We will round out day one of learning by sharing YOUR great ideas that you've had and you will have a chance to win cash if your idea wins the best idea!  That evening, we will honor the winners in the 2017 MAMA Best Ad Contest and the Dee Hamilton Sales Pro Award. We'll end day one by painting the town! This will be a guided paint networking event, with libations!                                                                       Friday, April 7, will feature Bill Church of GateHouse Media. Bill will present on how great content can create revenue... continued...

New year brings important digital housekeeping tasks

February 20, 2017

Required employment posters can be ordered from Department of Labor website

By Jean Maneke

MPA Legal Hotline 

This column is brought to you courtesy of Dwight Bitikofer, of the Webster-Kirkwood Times, who pointed out to me recently that I might want to remind all of you about a change in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that you need to act on before the end of this current year (2017).

All of you with websites who allow public comments (and that is probably everyone) should have registered with the United States Copyright Office the name of an agent to receive notification of claims of copyright infringement. We talked about that in a column that ran in the MPA Press News back in April 2011. But, of course, that means that it is likely you filed this form with the office back in 2011 and haven’t thought about it since. So, first, you might want to see who you have listed at the copyright office as your agent for receipt of copyright violation notices. The contact information for that person must also be listed on your website, and so this will be a good double-check that your business’ websites all have current information for this contact.

And then, once you’ve done that, you should go through the process of completing the online registration form to file this information with the U.S. Copyright Office. Effective in December, 2016, that office will no longer accept paper copies of these notices. From... continued...


Day at the Capitol -- March 2, 2017

February 20, 2017

The Missouri Press Association and the Associated Press invite you to Jefferson City for our annual Day at the Capitol and Lunch at the Capitol.   There is a change this year, ALL events, even the lunch, will be held at the Capitol Building!   Register today! It's FREE!   AGENDA Thursday, March 2:   8 - 9:30 a.m. -- Breakfast for MPA Members and Legislators (pastries and coffee), 3rd Floor Alcove.   The MPA/AP Day at the Capitol activities Thursday, March 2, will be in the Senate Lounge on the third floor of the state Capitol building in Jefferson City.   10 -11:45 a.m. MPA Day at the Capitol programming -- to be announced.   Noon Lunch in the Governor's Mansion. Attendees will leave the Capitol at 11:45 a.m. for a brief walk to the Governor's Mansion.   You must be registered with Missouri Press Association to attend the luncheon in the Governor's Mansion. MPA pays for breakfast and luncheon costs. There is no charge to members.   *Note: If you register and do not attend MPA events, your newspaper will be billed $50 per person to help cover costs of food and materials.   Registration can be completed online to sign up for the event(s) you wish to attend at:

2017 Better Newspaper Contest now accepting entries

February 9, 2017




The 2017 Missouri Press Foundation Better Newspaper Contest template is now open and members can begin submitting entries. If you haven’t yet, start collecting your entries for this year’s contest now.

Don’t wait until the March 31 deadline to enter your entries in the template.

All of the information about the contest — rules, categories, entry instructions — is at .

Entries to the Missouri Press Foundation’s Newspaper Contest will be submitted using BetterBNC Online Journalism Awards Platform:

IMPORTANT: It is important to remember BetterBNC is optimized for Google Chrome. If you do not have Google Chrome, download it at

DEADLINE: There is no need to wait until the deadline to upload your entries! The contest template will close 11 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, and will not accept entries after that -- no exceptions. You may begin uploading your entries now.

ALERT: Please try to keep file sizes under 5mb to aid judges in accessing entry content. For larger files such as Special Sections, there are options provided in the contest template. You cannot upload these large entries directly to the contest template because it has space... continued...


Online Store Feature

2016 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

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



Friday March 24th Link

Wednesday March 22nd

10 days left to get your entries in for the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest! Less than two weeks remain to submit entries to the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest. The template will remain open until 11 p. Link

Tuesday March 21st Link



Break Form: Making stories with and for the people | via @AmPress
Friday March 24th


10 days left to get your entries in for the 2017 Better Newspaper Contest! |
Wednesday March 22nd


Missouri School of Journalism Sees Opportunities for a New Golden Age for Journalism’s Role in Society, Democracy |
Tuesday March 21st


Thanks to @stltoday, MPF is again able to offer tickets to a private party suite. Call Melody at 573-449-4167 x 303…
Monday March 20th