2015 Annual Convention

September 10, 2015

 
 

Outstanding Young Journalists to be Honored

July 6, 2015

Two newspaper journalists - from the Sedalia Democrat and the Clinton County Leader, Plattsburg -- have been selected to receive the 2015 William E. James/Missouri Outstanding Young Journalist awards from the Missouri Press Association.

Jim Robertson, president of MPA, announced Nicole Cooke of Sedalia and Brett Adkison of Lathrop, will receive their awards on Sept. 12, in Columbia during the MPA's annual awards luncheon.

"This is the seventh year for these awards," said Robertson, managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. "And, this is the third year the awards are named in honor of our colleague, the late William E. James. The Missouri Press Association congratulates Nicole and Brett for their excellent news reporting and editing skills in their communities."

Nicole Cooke has worked for the Sedalia daily newspaper since August 2013. Her responsibilities have included reporting on city government and school board, compiling accident reports and police reports, covering events and breaking news, making photographs, managing the newspaper's Twitter account and Facebook page, copyediting, page design, and serving as interim editor. She has degrees in public relations and journalism from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg. She has won awards for news and photos from the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Kansas City Press Club, the Missouri State Teachers Association and the Missouri... continued...

 
 

Online Reader Comments Can Provide Valuable Feedback to New Sites

July 2, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. – For years, news organizations that post content on the Internet have allowed readers to leave comments about stories. Often, these readers’ comments become a forum for political debates and other communication that the news organizations do not consider important to their journalistic practices. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Journalism have found that editors and owners of news organizations may want to pay more attention to what their readers are saying about their news stories in order to better serve their consumers. Timothy Vos, an associate professor of journalism studies at MU, says that readers value different journalistic traits as well as hold other expectations for journalists.

“Traditional journalistic values include traits such as objectivity, truthfulness and accuracy,” Vos said. “Although most journalists were trained and brought up valuing these ideals, we found that many readers have an additional list of traits that they value in their news reporting. Although news organizations don’t necessarily need to readjust what ideals they find important, they should at least understand what their readers value, not only to serve them better, but also to maintain viability.”

For his study, Timothy Vos and Stephanie Craft, an associate professor at the University of Illinois, and David Wolfgang, a doctoral student at MU, examined thousands of reader comments on ombudsman columns of three national online news publications: The New York... continued...

 
 

McCaskill Seeks Review of Postal Service's Ability to Meet Delivery Standards

July 2, 2015

WASHINGTON – In an effort to better understand the ability of the Postal Service to meet stated delivery times, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is requesting that the federal government’s top watchdog review the Postal Service’s calculation of delivery times and standards.

“As a former Missouri State Auditor, I know that solving problems has to start with a firm understanding of the facts,” said McCaskill, who was born in Rolla, Mo. and is a senior member of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “That’s why I’m asking the Government Accountability Office for this review, because we won’t be able to fix these programs unless we know the full scope of the delay issues—especially in our rural communities.”

The review is expected to be completed by August.

Senators Jon Tester of Montana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Tom Carper of Delaware have also signed on to the request.

 To read the full release, click here.

 
 

NNA to Honor Distinguished Community Leaders

June 17, 2015

COLUMBIA, MO—William F. “Bill” Tubbs of Eldridge, IA, will be honored during the National Newspaper Association’s 2015 Annual Convention & Trade Show in St. Charles, where he will be presented with the James O. Amos Award at the association’s business luncheon on October 3.

Recognized as the highest and most dignified tributes in community journalism, the Amos and McKinney Awards are presented to a working or retired newspaperman and woman who have provided distinguished service and leadership to the community press and their community.

Tubbs, publisher of the North Scott Press, will receive the 2015 James O. Amos Award. Tubbs will be recognized in Publishers’ Auxiliary, as well.

Barbara A. “Barb” Walter of Hennessey, OK, will be honored during the NNA’s 2015 Annual Convention & Trade Show in St. Charles, where she will be presented with the Emma C. McKinney Award at the association’s business luncheon on October 3.

Recognized as the highest and most dignified tributes in community journalism, the Amos and McKinney Awards are presented to a working or retired newspaperman and woman who have provided distinguished service and leadership to the community press and their community.

Walter, managing editor of the Hennessey Clipper, will receive the 2015... 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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