COLUMBIA, Mo. The Missouri Sunshine Coalition and the local chapter of the League of Women Voters invite the public to a discussion about the Missouri law that gives citizens access to government records and meetings.
We are pleased to have as our guest speaker Nathan Nickolaus, an attorney with the Missouri Department of Economic Development. He is a former municipal attorney and author of "The Sunshine Law" published by the Missouri Bar.
A question-and-answer period will follow Nickolaus' remarks. Jim Robertson, managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, will serve as moderator.
The forum will take place in the Friends' Room of the Columbia Public Library, 100 W. Broadway. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7 p.m.
We have also invited Missouri State Auditor Thomas A. Schweich to attend.
The Missouri Sunshine Coalition has named Schweich its 2014 Sunshine Hero for his many efforts to highlight shortcomings among government bodies in their compliance with the Sunshine Law. In particular, the coalition appreciates Schweich's questioning of the General Assembly's position that the Sunshine Law does not apply to individual members. First passed in 1973, the Missouri Sunshine Law holds that, "It is the public policy of this state that meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations of public governmental bodies be open to the public unless otherwise provided by law."
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On Feb. 12 the Missouri Press Association, Missouri Press Service and Missouri Press Foundation boards held their first meeting of 2014 on at the DoubleTree Hotel in Jefferson City. Among those attending, from the left front clockwise around the table, were: Jack Whitaker, MPA Director, Hannibal; Dennis Warden, MPA Second Vice President, Owensville; Jean Maneke, legal hotline counselor, Kansas City; Jim Robertson, MPA First Vice President, Columbia; Richard Gard, MPA President, St. Louis; Doug Crews, MPA executive director, Columbia; Kristie Williams, MPA member services director, Columbia; Trevor Vernon, MPA Director, Eldon; Bill Miller Sr., MPF Director, Washington; Bill Miller Jr., MPA Director, Washington; Brad Gentry, NNA Representative, Houston; Donna Bischoff, MPA Treasurer, St. Louis; Phil Conger, MPS President, Bethany; Dane Vernon, MPF Director, Eldon; and Joe May, MPS Vice President, Mexico. Others attending were Mark Maassen, MPA Past President, Kansas City; Kevin Jones, MPS Secretary, St. Louis; Jim Sterling, MPF Director, Columbia; Dave Berry, MPF Director, Bolivar; James White, MPA Director, Warsaw; Mark Nienhueser, Missouri Press ad director, Columbia; and Kent Ford, MPA editor, Columbia.
RJI Local Elections Workshop
Scott Swafford of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism led a Jan. 30-Feb. 1 workshop at RJI about how to cover local elections better.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon spoke in the Governor's Mansion to members of the press on Feb. 13 during the annual Missouri Press Association / Associated Press Day at the Capitol. Gov. Nixon spoke briefly about activities in the legislature, then answered questions.
The McDougall Center Gallery in Lee Hills Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism is exhibiting "Journalism and Trauma," which includes a traveling exhibit from the Ochberg Society and photographs and residency by photographer John Trotter.
The exhibit will remain on display through March 7.
John Trotter was a Sacramento Bee photographer when he was attacked on the job and beaten, left for dead.
His "Burden of Memory" project chronicles his own and others' challenges with brain injury. Trotter now lives and works in Brooklyn. His visit is made possible by the McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies and the Jack and Dorothy Fields Endowment for Photojournalism Education.
He will participate in sessions with students and Ochberg Society members on Thursday and Friday.Arnessa Garrett, chair of the Board of Directors of the Ochberg Society, will travel from Dallas to be on hand and make remarks at a Friday morning reception.
Thursday, Feb. 1310 a.m. - John Trotter reviews projects and/or portfolios with photojournalism students. 12:30 p.m. Katherine Reed's class, Covering Traumatic Events, will meet in the McDougall Center Gallery in a dialogue with Trotter.2:30 p.m. - Portfolio reviews with photojournalism students.
Friday, Feb. 149:00 a.m. - Reception in McDougall Gallery & Edom Photojournalism Labwith remarks by Trotter and Garrett (coffee and bagels)Noon - Trotter meets with Picture Story and Photographic Essay classes in Lee Hills 110. Other photojournalism students invited to attend. He will... continued...
Tom Warhover, executive editor for Innovation at the Columbia Missourian, will be the keynote speaker Feb. 15 at Mid-America Press Institute's "Leadership & Management" seminar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 900 N. Tucker Blvd.Warhover's job at the Missourian is to transform the newsroom for the future, experimenting with new approaches and technologies in content and delivery. He also is chair of the print and digital news faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.Prior to joining the university, he worked for The Virginia-Pilot. He also has co-authored a journalism textbook, "Getting the Whole Story: Reporting and Writing the News."Registration for the one-day seminar is $25 and includes a box lunch. To register, contact MPI Executive Director John Ryan at email@example.com or 217.581.2923.If you might stay over night in St. Louis to attend the seminar, let Ryan know. If enough MPI members stay over, he will get a group rate at a downtown hotel.
photo courtesy of Missouri School of Journalism
Friday March 7th
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Thursday March 6th
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