Celebrate National Newspaper Week

October 1, 2015


October 4-10 marks the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week (NNW). This observance underscores the impact of newspapers to communities large and small. The theme of this year’s NNW is “Power of the Press.”

Your National Newspaper Week content kit contains editorials, editorial cartoons, promotional ads and more that are available for download at no charge.

NNW is sponsored and coordinated by Newspaper Association Managers, Inc., a consortium of North American trade associations representing the industry on a state and provincial, regional and national basis.

MPS supports National Newspaper Week by paying a small fee so that all member newspapers can participate and use NNW materials.

NEWSPAPERS: PLEASE PROMOTE National Newspaper Week by downloading materials and devoting as many column inches as possible to reinforce the importance of newspapers to the communities and cities we serve.

PLEASE EDITORIALIZE LOCALLY about how your newspaper is relevant to your community. This can be about your government watchdog role, coverage of community events, providing timely public notices, etc.  Following NNW, these materials will remain on the website and can be accessed by newspapers for use throughout the year since our message is timeless.

To read more and access NNW material please click here.


Ethics violations handed down on negative mailers

September 30, 2015

By Joe Robertson

Two candidates and an associate behind negative postcard mailings in Kansas City and Hickman Mills school board races have admitted actions that the state says violated ethics laws.

Kansas City school board member Melissa Robinson, former Hickman Mills school board member Breman Anderson and attorney Clinton Adams signed consent orders, each admitting roles in producing at least one of three mailers that blasted opponents without stating who had paid for the ads — which is required under the law.

Robinson ran successfully against incumbent Joseph Jackson in April 2014 to win a seat on the Kansas City board.

In the consent order, signed Friday, Robinson agreed with the Missouri Ethics Commission that she was aware that Adams had prepared a negative postcard against Jackson.

The mailer did not say “paid for by,” and named only a group — “Parents and Neighbors for Quality Education” — which the commission said is not a registered entity with the ethics commission or the Missouri secretary of state.

Robinson also knew that Adams paid $480 toward the $1,400 costs of the mailer but did not report the funds as either a donation or an in-kind gift.

Robinson’s mistakes were “unintentional,” her attorney, Matt Dameron, said in a written statement.

“Ms. Robinson has taken steps to make sure this does not happen again,” he said, “and looks... continued...


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September 23, 2015

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NNA Welcomes Strong Start on Postal Reform from Sen. Carper

September 18, 2015

WASHINGTON—The National Newspaper Association this week took a big step forward in its decade-long efforts to preserve universal mail service as Sen. Tom Carper, D-DE, introduced the Improving Postal Operations, Service & Transparency Act, iPOST. NNA said it believed the bill would set a positive tone in the 114th Congress to provide the U.S. Postal Service with cash flow flexibility while focusing much needed attention on rural mail service.

NNA President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE, said he believed Carper’s requirement for USPS to work with the Postal Regulatory Commission to measure on-time rural mail service would be welcomed in America’s small towns.

“Service to small towns has demonstrably declined since USPS slowed the mail down by lowering service standards and cutting about half of its mail processing plants out of its network. My concern about this problem has occupied a good portion of my year as NNA president as I have urged our members to keep pushing for change,” Edgecombe said. “We hear complaints from our members about newspaper delivery that have been long-standing and are now intensified. Even more alarming, we get reports about problems with First Class and Priority Mail. When the mail doesn’t work, small towns are isolated and handicapped in their economic development.”

The iPOST bill would require USPS to attach a geographic tag to each ZIP code, identifying it as rural, urban or... continued...


Better Newspaper Contest Results Released

September 14, 2015

Winners of the 2015 Missouri Press Association (MPA) Better Newspaper Contest were announced Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, in Columbia as the 149th Annual MPA Convention concluded.

CONTEST WINNERS and JUDGES COMMENTS can be found by clicking the following link:


PHOTOS of contest winners available: If you attended the Awards Luncheon at the Convention Saturday, and you would like a copy of the photo with MPA President Jim Robertson, please email Bryan Jones bejones@socket.net with the name of your newspaper.  The raw jpg version of the photo will be sent to you.

Thank you,

Missouri Press Association


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Friday October 2nd

Doug Crews held the Missouri flag during the 129th National Newspaper Association convention flag ceremony. The theme for this year is "Show Me the Future of Newspapers. Link

Thursday October 1st

The 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week is Oct. 4-10! This year's theme is "Power of the Press. Link

Thursday October 1st

Celebrate International Newspaper Carrier Day on Saturday, October 10! Link



Celebrate the "Power of the Press" during National Newspaper Week Oct. 4-10! | http://t.co/Lz1zs64VIe
Thursday October 1st


RT @NAAupdates: Newspaper Carrier Day is on October 10! NAA members can use our print ad to say 'thank you!' http://t.co/Jo99fkdkt3 #hatsoff
Thursday October 1st


Ethics violations handed down on negative mailers in Kansas City, Hickman Mills school board races | http://t.co/HHKG4Ei768 via @KCStar
Wednesday September 30th


Meet our 2015 Photojournalism Hall of Fame Inductees: Dean Curtis, Keith Myers and Larry S. Williams | http://t.co/5huiMCdZnn
Tuesday September 29th