April 19, 2016
Missouri’s regional press associations will each hold meetings in the upcoming months covering a wide variety of topics. More information about individual meetings will be available in upcoming Missouri Press publications.
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April 19, 2016
Following 36 years of service to Missouri Press Association, Doug Crews officially stepped down as executive director at the end of February. In honor of his years of service, a retirement reception will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Columbia Country Club.
To RSVP for the reception, contact Kristie Williams via email at email@example.com or by phone 573-449-4167.
Columbia Country Club is located at 2210 N. Country Club Drive in Columbia.
Any donations honoring Crews’ service to Missouri Press should go to Missouri Press Foundation to assist with repairs to MPA’s Arrow Rock Print Shop Museum.
Donations to the Print Shop Museum can be sent to the Foundation at 802 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201.
Executive Director Mark Maassen has taken over Crews’ duties effective March 1.
March 24, 2016
Missouri Press has received multiple requests to extend the deadline for the Better Newspaper Contest entries.
The new deadline is 11 p.m. Central Standard time Monday, April 4.
The contest will close automatically at that time.
All of the information about the contest — rules, categories, entry instructions — are at http://www.mopress.com/contests.php.
Entries to the Missouri Press Foundation’s Newspaper Contest will be submitted using BetterBNC Online Journalism Awards Platform: https://betternewspapercontest.com/login
IMPORTANT: BetterBNC is optimized for Google Chrome. If you do not have Google Chrome, download it at http://www.google.com/chrome
DEADLINE: There is no need to wait until the deadline to upload your entries! The contest template will close 11 p.m. Monday, April 4, and will not accept entries after that — no exceptions.
ALERT: For larger files such as Special Sections, you may upload your file(s) to Realview. You cannot upload these large entries directly to the contest template because it has space limitations.
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March 19, 2016
RJI offering free one-night hotel stay per organization for the first 40 that register by March 31
You’ve only got so much time and money, right?
You don’t believe you can afford to chase every opportunity that’s out there. And even if you could, you’re not sure you or your team would know how to do so in an efficient, effective manner.
Plan now to join your peers Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri in Columbia. You’ll learn how community news organizations – weeklies, small dailies, and their websites – went from overwhelmed to overjoyed as they successfully tackled new opportunities.
You'll have the opportunity to not only learn the basics of social media, but actually build a page for your organization.
During the conference you’ll also learn how a family-owned group of weeklies brought in $400,000 in business in just 10 days. Does that get your attention? Want more? Save your spot and register today.
The conference is free.
RJI will pay for one hotel room for the night of April 14 at The Tiger Hotel for the first 40 organizations (one per organization) that register before March 31. See the travel page for more information.
The Tiger Hotel is located just a few blocks from RJI. Parking is available for $10 a... continued...
March 9, 2016
CONTACT Rick Blum, Director, Sunshine in Government Initiative202-309-2654 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org (direct)
Media Coalition asks every Senator tosupport FOIA reform ahead of 2016 Sunshine WeekStars may align during Sunshine Week for FOIA reform in Senate
A coalition of media groups today urged every U.S. Senator to support legislation that establishes a presumption of openness in law, encourages agencies to use public-friendly technology, and makes other changes to the way agencies respond to requests for information from the public.
The Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI) sent a letter to every senator encouraging support for legislation that would improve the way federal agencies respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. “These changes would help ensure the government discloses information the way Congress intended a half century ago when Congress enacted the original Freedom of Information Act,” said Rick Blum, director of the Sunshine in Government Initiative. The coalition is composed of newspaper, media and journalist groups.
Citing the approaching 50th anniversary of the enactment of the federal FOIA on July 4, 1966, the coalition wrote, “now is the time for Congress to enact improvements to FOIA that will enhance... continued...
Friday April 29th
After 36 years of exceptional service, Doug Crews celebrated his final week as the Missouri Press Association executive director. Link
Friday April 29th
Thursday April 28th
Passes for a Kansas City Royals versus St. Louis Cardinals game, scheduled for 7:15 p. Link