Sunshine Week is March 15-21

March 10, 2015

 

Make plans now to join news organizations across the country in observing Sunshine Week March 15-21.

Participate in the discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for communities.

A national Sunshine Week toolkit will be available free to Missouri Press Association members. The toolkit contains high-impact stories, a commentary piece, informational graphics and editorial cartoons, all spearheaded by The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, USA TODAY and Gannett Co., Inc.

In addition to running nationally created materials, Missouri Press Association newspapers are encouraged to publish local Sunshine Week editorials, stories, columns, cartoons and graphics. This is an opportunity to inform readers about the role the local newspaper plays in fighting for their right to know and keeping government accountable to the public.

The Sunshine Week toolkit is a free resource available to any participant including, but not limited to, professional and student journalists working in any medium; bloggers; civic and non-profit organizations; schools; and government officials.

Please note that permission to use these materials covers only the seven days of Sunshine Week (March 15-21, 2015).

For more information, including logos, editorials and cartoons to run in your publication, visit sunshineweek.rcfp.org.

As Sunshine... continued...

 
 

Thoughts and Prayers Extended for Tom Schweich

February 26, 2015

The Missouri Press Association offers its deepest sympathy on the passing of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.

Thoughts and prayers are extended to Mr. Schweich's family, co-workers, friends and colleagues.

Sincerely,

The Missouri Press Association

 

 
 

2015 Missouri Better Newspaper Contest Now Underway!

February 19, 2015

The 2015 Missouri Press Foundation Better Newspaper Contest is officially underway. The BNC template is NOW OPEN for entries. The entry deadline is 11 p.m. March 31. The contest template 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. Tuesday, March 31, and will not accept entries after that -- no exceptions. You may begin uploading your entries now.

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. Large files need to be uploaded to Realview. Realview can be accessed directly from betterbnc.com. Look for the Realview icon and that link will take you directly to their site.

THREE TIPS TO MAKE UPLOADING EASY:

1. If you have entries that consist of more than one piece of content, combine them into one file. This will make uploading and judging much... continued...

 
 

National Press Foundation: The Aftermath of Ferguson

February 18, 2015

Ferguson wasn't the first news story fraught with racial overtones and it won't be the last. White cop shoots black man, the story that erupted from Ferguson last August and picked up steam with similar violence in New York City and Cleveland. "Hands up, don't shoot" went viral on Twitter.

What happens when a newsroom finds itself in that vortex? What happens when hundreds of reporters from across the country and across the world find their way to your community to cover a story like Ferguson?

The story exploded within 24 hours, putting enormous pressure on local newsrooms including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the dominant regional media.

Continue reading the full article on the National Press Foundation website.

View the video below about St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Gilbert Bailon, who will receive the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year award for his leadership of the Ferguson coverage.

 
 

3 Speakers, 2 Days, 1 Great Learning Experience

February 11, 2015

Missouri Advertising Managers' Association has three great speakers lined up March 12-13 at Camden on the Lake Resort in Lake Ozark! Register today to attend and you'll hear from Mike Mortoccia of Local Media Association speaking about Selling to Small and Medium Sized Businesses. Liz Crider of Second Street Advertising will tell you How to Drive Digital Revenue & Generate Qualified Leads for Advertisers with Contests, Quizzes, Cards & Other Promotions. Finally, Jaci Smith from Reynolds Journalism Institute will talk about the native advertising trend and everything you need to get the most out of native advertising and branded/sponsored content. Also, don't forget to enter into the Best Ad Contest! The deadline is Feb. 13.  Note: There will be ABSOLUTELY NO EXTENTIONS to the deadline this year!

You will find all the information you need online by following the links below. 

Missouri Advertising Managers' Association contest categories and upload instructions

Meeting registration form

Printable Meeting Agenda

 
 



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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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