Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
By John Edgecombe Jr.Publisher, The Nebraska Signal, Geneva, NEAnd President, National Newspaper Association
A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead. It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town
mail is suffering. The USPS plans to close more than 80 mail processing plants in 2015. Smaller plants will be consolidated into urban plants. It has already closed nearly 150 plants in the past three years and says service was not affected. That is hard to believe, at least in small towns. Longer road trips for most mail, traffic delays in urban areas to get sorted mail back to the local post offices, post office closings and shorter business hours have made claims of good service hard to trust. There is also the upheaval while workers lose their jobs or have to be retrained. Now, according to the nation’s mail agency, cost-cutting means admitting service will be even slower, even in urban areas, by at least a day. What the public announcements do not say is that when America’s mail sneezes, rural mail gets pneumonia. Cutting a service day is a big sneeze even in the metro areas. But... continued...
$1 Million Gift to MU to Support Community JournalismGift will support conferences, research on helping small, local newspapers
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Walter B. Potter Jr., a resident of Falls Church, Va., has committed $1 million to the University of Missouri School of Journalism to supplement the Walter B. Potter Fund for Innovation in Local Journalism, established in 2010. The endowment supports teaching and research centered on journalism that serves small communities, such as towns in rural areas or individual neighborhoods in larger urban areas. Potter says his gift is in honor of his late father, Walter Sr., and is motivated by his career as a journalist as well as his positive experiences as a graduate student at MU.
"The newspaper industry has provided three generations of my family with satisfying and rewarding lives," Potter said. "I just wanted to give back to the profession from which we have received so much. Also, my experience attending the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri was the major turning point in my newspaper career. Much of whatever success I've enjoyed has come thanks to what I learned and the people I met at the best journalism school in the world."
Potter's endowment established the Walter B. Potter, Sr. Conference, the first of which took place in 2011, and the next will take place Nov. 20-21, 2014 at the MU Reynolds Journalism Institute. These... continued...
Contact: Beth S. RiggertCommunications CounselSupreme Court of Missouri(573) 751-3676Online athttp://www.courts.mo.gov/pressrel.nsf/fa1bcbaea6d7c117862567670079a321/d82faa550e85418486257d860072946d?OpenDocument.For immediate release: 4 November 2014
COMPETITORS ADVANCE TO CONSTITUTION PROJECT STATEWIDE FINALS
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Supreme Court of Missouri’s Committee on Civic Education has announced the four teams advancing to the statewide finals of The Constitution Project competition, scheduled for Wednesday, November 12 in Jefferson City.“All of these winners gave outstanding performances in their chosen fields of crime scene investigation, journalism and trial advocacy,” said Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Patricia Breckenridge, chair of the civic education committee. “They also demonstrated an exceptional understanding of and faithfulness to the Constitution. We are so proud of them, and we lookforward to seeing first-hand their progress at the statewide finals next week.”Three teams are the winners of the regional team competitions held lastmonth:
From Region 1, Logan-Rogersville High School in Rogersville advances. Other schools competing in this region were Houston High School in Houston; Nixa High School in Houston and West Plains High School in Houston.
From Region 2, Cardinal Ritter Preparatory High School in St. Louis advances. Other schools competing in this region were Dixon High School in Dixon, St. James High... continued...
Contact: Beth S. RiggertCommunications CounselSupreme Court of Missouri(573) 751-3676FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 23 October 2014 2014 “CONSTITUTION PROJECT” WINNERS TO RECEIVE FELLOWSHIPSJEFFERSON CITY, Mo – Three dozen students will be selected from among thosecompeting statewide in the 2014 Constitution Project to receive thefirst-ever Constitution Fellowships in the disciplines of crime sceneinvestigation, journalism and trial advocacy, the Supreme Court ofMissouri’s Committee on Civic Education announced today. One outstandingstudent from each field from each school competing this year will bedeclared a Constitution Fellow.“The Constitution Project is unique in its ability to immerse students inlearning about the importance of the constitution in their lives,” saidSupreme Court Judge Patricia Breckenridge, chair of the Court’s civiceducation committee. “Regardless of who wins the statewide championship,there are winners at every level of this competition. The new ConstitutionFellowships allow us to honor outstanding students from every competingschool and give them an invaluable opportunity for special exposure to andinstruction from experts in their chosen disciplines.”Constitution Fellows in journalism will spend a day at the University ofMissouri-Columbia School of Journalism; fellows in crime sceneinvestigation will spend a day at the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s crimelab in Jefferson City; and fellows in trial advocacy will spend a day atthe University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Along with theseorganizations, the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg also is aco-sponsor of the new Constitution... continued...
Contact:Andrea Sporcic Klund, Missouri Film Office, 573-526-3566
Missouri Film Office Seeks Entries for Inaugural Scriptwriting Competition
Jefferson City, Mo. –The Missouri Film Office is looking for writers who have penned screenplays or TV pilot scripts set in the Show-Me State. The newly established Missouri Stories Screenwriting Fellowship Program officially is open to screenwriters from around the country through Nov. 28. Sponsored by the Missouri Film Office and the Missouri Motion Media Association, the competition culminates with an all-expenses-paid fellowship experience in Missouri. Full program details, including important dates to remember, rules and the submissions form, are available at MoFilm.org/MoStories
. A highlight of the fellowship experience is the opportunity to work with mentors who are established in the film industry. The Missouri Film Office announced Bob Gale – perhaps best known for co-writing films in the “Back to the Future” trilogy – has signed on as a program mentor. Gale is a native of University City and an Academy Award nominee for his work on the original “Back to the Future” screenplay. “The opportunity to encourage writers who have projects set in Missouri is exciting,” says Andrea Sporcic Klund, film office specialist from the Missouri Film Office, a part of the Missouri Division of Tourism. “We can’t wait to see the creative perspectives expressed through... continued...