2015 Annual Convention

September 10, 2015


Rural Area Postal Service

July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON—Small towns and rural areas may soon get more attention from the U.S. Postal Service, following several years of post office and mail sorting facility closings. The Senate Appropriations Committee this week ordered new examination of the on-time arrival of mail outside urban areas. National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE, said the new requirement resulted from NNA’s work to improve rural mail service. He expressed NNA’s thanks to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, for being the champion of a new rural mail service measurement.

Blunt said, “Rural mail delivery has been increasingly strained in recent years, especially with additional mail processing center closures in my state. Many rural Missourians have experienced delayed mail, and it is a problem that needs to be addressed. I am pleased the Appropriations Committee included my language directing the Postal Service and Postal Regulatory Commission to work together to create a measurement to determine rural mail delivery times. With the U.S. Postal Service expressing support for this language, this is a constructive step forward to address the ongoing challenges facing rural mail service.”

“NNA always works for the benefit of smaller communities in the U.S., and we know that mail is particularly important to our towns. Since 2011 when mail processing facilities began to close, most of us community newspaper people have seen deterioration in the quality of... continued...


Missouri Press Association announces 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

July 15, 2015

Four newspaper people, including an early leader in Missouri journalism from the 1800s, will be inducted in September into the Missouri Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The induction reception and banquet are scheduled 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, during the 149th annual Convention of the Missouri Press Association (MPA) at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia. This will be the 25th group to be inducted into the Newspaper Hall of Fame, which was established by MPA in 1991.

This year's inductees are the late George A. Killenberg, former executive editor of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat; the late William H. “Bill” Plummer, reporter, editor and photographer for more than 50 years with the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune; the late Col. Robert Morgan White, who published the Mexico Ledger beginning in 1876; and Darryl Wilkinson, publisher of the Gallatin North Missourian.

Hall of Fame inductees or their families receive Pinnacle Awards in honor of the inductees’ service to the Missouri newspaper industry and their communities. Inductees’ plaques will join the permanent display of inductees in the MPA office in Columbia and in the student lounge in Lee Hills Hall at the Missouri School of Journalism.



Publication of Same-Sex Marriage Announcements

July 10, 2015

By Jon Fleischaker and Ashley Pack, Kentucky Press Association General Counsels, Dinsmore & Shohl

The legal landscape is changing rapidly. Same-sex marriages are now legal in Kentucky. While Kentucky laws do not currently protect sexual orientation, we anticipate that discrimination laws will be expanded in the near future to include prohibitions against discriminating against an individual on the basis of his or her sexual orientation in the workplace and in public accommodation laws. 

In fact, many cities and towns already have ordinances prohibiting such discrimination. We expect that there will be a new line of cases contesting various issues associated with same sex marriages and the expansion of sexual orientation laws, and a newspaper’s decision to not publish a same-sex marriage announcement (while it treats other marriage announcements differently) may well be determined to be discriminatory.

In any event, it will be time-consuming and expensive to defend any such lawsuit. We have been through similar experiences in dealing with fair housing advocates, who regularly review housing and apartment ads in Kentucky newspapers and make claims for damages when they see what they view as alleged discrimination in violation of the Fair Housing laws. It is not only a serious irritant to those involved, but it is costly to litigate and/or settle such claims. There can be no such claims with... continued...


NNA's 2015 newspaper contest winners announced

July 9, 2015

COLUMBIA, MO—Judging results have been processed and winners of the National Newspaper Association 2015 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest have been posted online at www.nnaweb.org.

Winners will be recognized at the award breakfast to be held Saturday, Oct. 3, during NNA’s 129th Annual Convention & Trade Show at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, MO. Visit NNA’s events webpage to register online for the convention or to purchase breakfast tickets: www.nnaweb.org/convention.

There were 1,413 entries in the Better Newspaper Editorial Contest and 282 entries in the Better Newspaper Advertising Contest for a total of 1,695 entries. A total of 521 awards were won by 149 member newspapers in 33 states.

California had the most combined BNEC/BNAC wins with 73, followed by Texas with 59 and Wyoming with 58.

Lists of winners by categories and newspaper are available on the Contests webpage at www.nnaweb.org/better-newspaper-contest. Winners will be recognized in a special contest PDF available online following the annual convention. Places won in General Excellence categories will be announced at the awards breakfast.

Judging was performed primarily by active community newspaper editors and publishers, as well as retired university journalism professors and... continued...


Online Store Feature

2015 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

An alphabetical resource guide to all of the newspapers in the state of Missouri. $45.00



Friday July 24th

Laura Johnston, assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and news editor of the Columbia Missourian, speaks at the MPF Sports Reporting Training Camp. Today, Johnston is speaking about how to do more with less in today’s digital world and how to edit stories quickly on deadline and what to look for when you’re doing it. Link

Friday July 24th

Greg Bowers, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and sports editor of the Columbia Missourian, talks during the MPF Sports Reporting Training Camp in Columbia, Mo. Bowers is talking about the day to come, including a portion on how to use your iPhone to take great sports photos. Link

Thursday July 23rd

#tbt to the 104th Missouri Press Association Annual Convention at St. Louis in 1970. Link



RT @BrettAdkison: Big thanks to @MissouriPress for this honor. Proud to be a part of Missouri's rich tradition of journalism. http://t.co/R…
Monday July 27th


#tbt to the 104th Missouri Press Association Annual Convention in 1970. Can you guess anyone in the photos? http://t.co/7icbDrGH0h
Thursday July 23rd


Media Law School provides journalists the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the law | http://t.co/i4LPVy4zln
Tuesday July 21st


Paul makes an analogy between the movie Moneyball and baseball to the newspaper industry. http://t.co/t7qRoDQtOE
Friday July 17th