Day at the Capitol -- March 2, 2017

February 17, 2017

    The Missouri Press Association and The Associated Press invite you to Jefferson City for our annual Day at the Capitol and Lunch in the Governor’s Mansion Thursday, March 2.   Register today! It’s FREE!   If you need a sleeping room March 1, MPA has a rate of $114 set up with the DoubleTree. Make reservations by Feb. 15 by calling the DoubleTree directly at 573-636-5101. Be sure to ask for the Missouri Press room block.   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: continued...

2017 Missouri Advertising Managers' Association

February 14, 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 opportunities. Day two will also... continued...

Submit nominations for MPA's top awards

February 10, 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 573-4449-4167, 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 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 limitations.


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Be sure to run ads for public notices

January 26, 2017

Throughout our nation’s history, government agencies have been required to alert citizens of certain government activities that may impact a local community, providing citizens with an opportunity to stay informed and take action when necessary. Newspapers have long partnered with government agencies by publishing public notices, enabling the government to be fully transparent and accountable to citizen taxpayers. In recent years, state legislatures – most recently in New Jersey – have proposed to move public notices out of printed newspapers and onto government-run websites.

Publishing public notices in newspapers informs a wide audience in a local community of a government agency’s action; reaching citizens that are passive information seekers that would not be aware of the fact that notices impacting the community are on a government agency’s website. Publishing public notices through the local newspaper also serves an important audit role as the newspaper acts as an independent third party able to legally verify that the government agency has given the public notice.

The News Media Alliance has created ads highlighting the importance of keeping public notices in newspapers. We encourage you to run these advertisements in your newspaper over time to help educate the public. Ads can be published as is, or you can add your own logo. If you have any questions about the ads, please email Lindsey Loving,

Find the ads here.


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 February 17th

Sign up today for Missouri Advertising Managers' Association Meeting! Link

Thursday February 16th

"The new guides alone will be useful for those looking to kickstart new projects (and potential revenue-generators) they’ve never tried before, such as live events, and are full of real examples of what other outlets have already tried." via Nieman Journalism Lab Link

Wednesday February 15th Link



Sign up today for Missouri Advertising Managers' Association Meeting! |
Friday February 17th


Local News Lab relaunches its site, with new guides for local newsrooms on newsletters, events, and more |
Thursday February 16th


Are you attending Day at the Capitol on March 2? |
Wednesday February 15th


Support MPF with some last-minute Valentine's Day shopping! |
Monday February 13th