"I read "The Weight of Blood" in one sitting, aghast at the heart-stopping, uncompromising plot by Laura McHugh, a Columbia, Mo., author. McHugh loosely based her debut book on a murder that occurred in Lebanon.
McHugh delivers a seamy, hard-hitting mystery, centering on the evil underside of human nature - deviant behavior from men driven by greed and desire. Expect a page-turner set in the Ozarks."
These first two graphs offer a glimpse into the monthly book column "Novel Ideas" available to newspapers at no cost through Missouri Press. Chris Stuckenschneider, book editor for the Washington Missourian, reviews three newly released adult reads every month.
March 3-7 commemorates something vital to the newspaper industry -- regeneration -- during National Newspaper In Education Week.
Again this year, students in Clyde Bentley's editorial writing course at University of Missouri have given their perspective on the importance of young people reading newspapers to discover the world beyond their city limits and how the newspaper might be better than conversation, Twitter or iTunes?
You can access the collection of editorials at mo-nie.com using download code: nieops. Past editorial cartoons are available as well using download code: mocartoons.
February is Black History Month and Missouri Press has released two new features commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered in August 1963, during the "March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs."
Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week. The commemoration is held in February to honor the birthdays of Frederick Douglas, former slave, abolitionist and orator, and President Abraham Lincoln.
The first feature offers background on King's speech. The second feature focuses on King's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. Both features offer activities to encourage young newspaper readers to learn more about the topics, and correlations to Missouri's Learning Standards.
To download the features, visit mo-nie.com and use download code: mlkdream.
Also available to celebrate Black History Month is a feature on the Emancipation Proclamation. To access that feature, use download code: ep150.
All of these civic education features were created in partnership with The Missouri Bar.
Just two weeks into the 2014 Reading Across Missouri campaign, 62 Missouri newspapers and 56 newspapers from 25 other states have downloaded "Lily's Story," an 8-chapter serialized story about a search and rescue dog from Joplin.
This story is available for a limited time at no cost to your newspaper.
Readers of all ages will enjoy this true story of a Weimaraner named Lily. Lily survives a mysterious illness with the help of veterinarians and her owner, Tara, by her side. Lily’s recovery is a miracle, but her challenges are far from over. A month later, Joplin is hit by a massive tornado! The search and rescue dog’s bravery and resilience are put to the test as she is called upon to help put her city back together, piece by piece.
Newspapers have access to eight ready-to-publish chapter features, a promotional ad, story and photos about the dog, as well as a companion teacher guide. The files all are available in PDF format. Everything EXCEPT the chapter features may be posted on your website.
To download the files, visit www.mo-nie.com and used download code: readmo14.
Contact Dawn Kitchell at email@example.com or (636)932-4301 with questions.
Photo courtesy of The Joplin Globe
Friday April 11th
Happy 73rd birthday to journalist and columnist Ellen Goodman! Goodman won the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in 1980 and has spent her life documenting social change and its impact on American society. Photo courtesy of washingtonpost. Link
Wednesday April 9th
It's not too late to register for the Missouri Advertising Managers Annual Meeting! Registration is open until Friday. We'd love to have you! Link
Friday April 4th
Kent Ford, editor at the Missouri Press Association, was honored Thursday, April 3 at a retirement party recognizing 25 years of service with the association in Columbia. More than 50 newspaper people attended the event. Link
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Thursday April 10th