October 20, 2014
Congratulations to David Bradley, Jr., Judy Dixon, Don and Kathy Ginnings and Gary and Helen Sosniecki on their induction into the MPA 2014 Hall of Fame. To learn more information on the inductees, you can read our 2014 Hall of Fame Press Release on our website. You may also view our MPA 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee video, played at our 148th Annual Convention and Trade Show, by clicking on the thumbnail to the left.
October 17, 2014
Please take time from your busyschedule to return the favor and help judge the Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Colorado newspaper people did a terrific job judging MPA's Better Newspaper Contest earlier this year! Judging is set to begin October 29th, with a deadline to complete your assignment(s) by November 19th. Fill out the form, submit it, and you will receive your assignments soon!
October 9, 2014
Although there's been some improvement since his last audit, State Auditor Tom Schweich said Tuesday that government agencies still need to do more work following the Missouri's "Sunshine Law."
Based on a review of the nearly 300 audits Schweich's office performed over a two-year period - from Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2013 - Schweich said 15 percent found violations of the Open Meetings/Open Records law, compared with 19 percent in the previous two years.
"It's not a statistically iron-clad number," he acknowledged in an interview. "It looks like Sunshine Law compliance is improving."
Overall, he said, the three "largest problems" his auditors found were:Failure to document a reason for closing a meeting. Closed session discussions that involved subjects other than the ones listed as the reasons for having a closed session, or, he said, "Things that should have been discussed in open session being discussed in closed session." Improper minutes - or no minutes- being kept of closed meetings, which he said was "much less common."
In some cases, minutes that were kept didn't include "sufficient detail" of what happened during a meeting.
Auditors also found some government agencies or local governments didn't have "adequate" policies and procedures for keeping public records and giving people access to them.
And some didn't prepare, post or retain agendas as the law requires.
Schweich said his office takes compliance with the law very seriously.
"We have a grading system" with our audits, he said, "and if you don't comply with the Sunshine Law,... continued...
October 9, 2014
The U.S. Postal Service should evaluate the impact of slower service to newspaper subscribers before proceeding with 2015 closings of mail processing plants, National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., said this week. Edgecombe is the publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE.
NNA seconded the concern expressed by the USPS Office of the Inspector General that the Postal Service has not completed service impact evaluations on the planned closings of 82 more mail processing plants starting in January 2015. The evaluations should include public notice and comment. The OIG strongly recommended that USPS complete these evaluations and requested confirmation that they are being completed.
NNA has previously reminded the Postal Service that the impact of moving mail processing operations into urban areas creates mail delivery problems for its subscribers, who may judge the effectiveness of the mail by the on-time arrival of their newspapers.
"As I look at the list of plants on the closing list and see cities like Salina, Kansas; Grand Island, Nebraska; Eureka, California, and Elko, Nevada, I worry that small-town America is gradually losing reliable mail service," Edgecombe said. "Affordable, dependable service links us to our subscribers. More importantly, it is the bedrock of local small-town economies. It is essential that USPS understand and grapple with these impacts before it makes a decision to close any mail sorting plant."
October 8, 2014
Contact: Doug Crews, Executive DirectorMissouri Press Association(573) email@example.com
Missouri Press Association elects 2015 presidentManaging editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune to succeed Richard Gard
Jim Robertson, a native of Wyaconda in northeast Missouri, is managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. A graduate of the MU School of Journalism, Robertson has worked in community newspapers since 1977. After working as a reporter and editor at the Chariton Courier in Keytesville and the Kingdom Daily News in Fulton, he joined the staff of the Columbia Daily Tribune in 1981 and became managing editor in 1987. Under his leadership, the Tribune has won numerous awards for news, photography and commentary. He has served in leadership positions on the boards of Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Society of Newspaper Editors and the Missouri Sunshine Coalition. He also serves on the Missouri Governor's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Robertson's community activities include former board leadership roles for Job Point, a job training and employment agency, and on Columbia's New Century Fund. He was a founding member of the Mid-Missouri Community Foundation board of directors. He and his wife, Debbie, a family nurse practitioner, have two daughters, Jaime Dodson, a nurse, and Cody Higgins, a speech pathologist. Robertson, elected Sept. 26 will succeed Richard Gard, St. Louis Daily Record, Missouri Lawyers Media, as president of the Missouri Press Association Jan. 1. Gard will continue on the MPA board of directors through 2015 as immediate past president. Other 2015 MPA officers and directors elected... continued...
Monday October 20th
Have you seen our Missouri Press Association 2014 Hall of Fame video? Check it out! Congratulations to all of our new inductees! Link
Thursday October 16th
Mark your calendar! Join us on October 23 for the 10th Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame exhibit and ceremony, in Washington, Missouri! Congratulations to all the new inductees. Visit the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame website to view our new, and previous, inductees. Link
Tuesday October 14th
Congratulations to John Edgecombe Jr., who has been elected as president of the National Newspaper Association! Link