May 17, 2016
Access to records maintained by public governmental bodies took a hit in the 2016 legislative session. New laws, if signed by Governor Nixon, will limit public access to police videos, some voluntary agricultural data, and crime scene photographs. Most bills that were approved become effective on August 28, 2016, unless noted.
There were a few brushes where defense by MPA came into play with bills attempting to limit public records and limit public notices published in newspapers.
A bill to close police records related to incidents of suicide and attempted suicide did not pass (HB 2473, sponsored by Rep. Genise Montecillo).
A bill to close the names of Missouri Lottery winners did not pass (HB 2422, sponsored by Rep. Jeremy LaFaver).
A bill to close certain records in County Assessors’ offices did not pass (HB 1956, sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman).
A bill that could have eliminated the county financial statement published in local newspapers, replacing it with a posting on the county’s web site, did not pass (HB 2089, sponsored by Rep. Jason Chipman).
On a more positive note, a few bills approved contain NEW public notices required to be published in local newspapers.
Thanks to those publishers, editors and staff members who contacted their legislators on various issues. It is most important for MPA members to stay in touch with their senators and representatives on issues that are vital to the newspaper industry.
Legislators will return to Jefferson City for their annual Veto Session in September.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Friday May 27th
Thursday May 26th
Your input is needed for an upcoming NIE project! Earlier this month, MPA sent a brief survey to Missouri’s newspapers to gauge interest in a project with the National World War I Museum to create Newspaper In Education content to be published in the spring of 2017, for the Centennial of the United States entering into WWI. About 40 newspapers responded with enthusiasm for the project – some even offering suggestions on content! But we need to hear from more of you – about 246 more of you! Please respond to DAWN KITCHELL, dawnkitchell@gmail. Link
Wednesday May 25th
Register for the Judicial-Media Knowledge Exchange workshop on June 30 from 7:30 a.m. Link