MPA supports student photographer's right to document events at MU

November 10, 2015


Missouri Press Association supports student photographer’s rightto document events at MU

After student and faculty protests Monday, Nov. 9, on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, the Missouri Press Association declares its support for MU student photographer Tim Tai and denounces the role students and staff played in attempting to prevent news media from covering events at the university.

"The actions and words captured on video of MU students and staff are disappointing to advocates of free speech and the First Amendment," MPA President Jim Robertson said. "Public areas on the university campus are public for all individuals and the attempts by some to keep media from documenting the protests show a disturbing misunderstanding of how the First Amendment protects all individuals' rights and freedoms.

"The university is a taxpayer-funded institution representing not only the students who currently attend, but alumni everywhere and residents of the state at large. 

"Student photographer Tim Tai should be commended for not only defending his First Amendment rights to document the student and faculty protests on the MU campus, but doing so in such a manner as to avoid escalating tension," Robertson said.

Robertson is managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune and president of the Missouri Press Association, the... continued...


It Can Wait Winners Announced!

November 6, 2015

Sol Kim, 18, a senior at Liberty High School, and Mond Schuler, 13, a seventh-grade student at Maryville Middle School, are the statewide winners of the It Can Wait (no texting while driving) Essay Contest, sponsored by Missouri newspapers, the Missouri Press Association (MPA) and AT&T.

Sol and Mond will receive $500 first prizes in the contest's high school and middle school divisions. Their essays were submitted to the state contest after being submitted to the Liberty Tribune’s and the Maryville Daily Forum’s local contests, respectively.

“Our goal is to share and reinforce this simple message - keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone. While many tragedies are out of our control, the ones caused by smartphone driving distractions are completely preventable,” said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. “I want to thank the Missouri Press Association for leading the way to help educate students and I want to thank all of those who took the time to participate in the contest. By working together, we can help change behavior and make our Missouri roadways safer for everyone.”

This is the third year Missouri newspapers, MPA and AT&T had teamed up for the contest.

"On behalf of the Missouri Press Association and its member newspapers, I wish to thank AT&T for this partnership aimed at saving lives on our roadways," said Jim Robertson, president of MPA and managing editor of... continued...


The It Can Wait Editorial Contest is Going on Now!

October 8, 2015

If your newspaper is sponsoring a local IT CAN WAIT contest, please let Missouri Press know by sending a brief email to

 The local contest deadline is Monday, October 19!

The statewide contest deadline is Monday, October 26!

For the third year in a row, the Missouri Press Association (MPA), local Missouri newspapers and AT&T are joining together to host an It Can Wait editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of smartphone-related driving distractions. The contest, which began on September 19, 2015, the annual It Can Wait day of action, is open to middle school and high school students from across Missouri and provides students with the opportunity to win a $500 prize for a column or editorial that best answers the question, "Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone?"

“We’ve seen how dangerous texting while driving can be and now we are seeing it with other smartphone activities that people are doing while driving. We want to do our part to help raise awareness and stop this dangerous behavior,” said Doug Crews, Executive Director of the Missouri Press Association.  “By hosting the It Can Wait editorial contest with AT&T and our... continued...


2015 Hall of Fame Introduction Videos

October 6, 2015

Please click on the corresponding name to view their 2015 MPA Hall of Fame introductory video. The link will direct you to YouTube.

George A. Killenberg

Darryl Wilkinson

Col. Robert Morgan White

William H. (Bill) Plummer


Rockwell Sale Is Legacy for the National Press Club

October 6, 2015

From the desk of John Hughes, President of the National Press Club 

The boards of the National Press Club and non-profit National Press Club Journalism Institute voted last night to sell our Norman Rockwell painting, "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor."

The sale will occur at an auction at Christie's on Nov. 19. Christie's expects the artwork to sell for $10 million to $15 million. Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to the Club, 30 percent to the Institute.

This is wonderful news for the Club and the Institute because we will have additional resources to carry out our missions for many years to come. However, this news may come as a surprise to many of you. You may wonder, are the Club and Institute broke, or desperate for cash, so that they had to look around the Club to look for assets to sell? No, that is far from the case. Then what is going on? How did we get to this point?

I will talk more at this morning's General Membership Meeting at 9am at the Club. If you can't be there in person, tune in to the webcast of the event on our website. For those of you who can't attend or tune in, let me explain more.

First, a little information about the painting is in order. It appeared in the Saturday Evening Post on May 25, 1946. We don't know exactly when it arrived, but our Club newsletter in 1962 and 1963 makes reference to a "gift of the Saturday Evening Post." When Rockwell himself spoke at the Club in 1967, the moderator... continued...


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2015 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

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



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