September 17 is Constitution Day and by federal law schools receiving federal funds must teach about the Constitution and the First Amendment on this day or the closest school day – in this case it should be commemorated in schools on Friday, Sept. 16.
A 2007 Knight Foundation survey found that our schools aren’t doing a very good job following this mandate – three years after the new law took effect, a majority of American students weren’t even aware Constitution Day exists.
That’s where the community newspaper can make a difference. You can remind parents, teachers and other school patrons of this federal law and the reasons behind it – write an editorial! You can publish one of the many features available from MPA in partnership with The Missouri Bar and if you don’t already send your newspaper into your schools, this is the day to do it!
MPA has just released a new newspaper feature that addresses not only the U.S. Constitution, but also the Missouri Constitution. This new feature and all of the Constitution Day features from MPA and The Missouri Bar are available at www.mo-nie.com using download code: constitution.
The annual Newspaper In Education calendar, highlighting youth features Missouri Press will release throughout the school year, is now available on the NIE Calendar link. The calendar provides a month-by-month guide to commemorations, recommendations on using archived materials and details on new youth features MPA is planning for the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, contact Dawn Kitchell.
The educational resource features a viewing guide, discussion questions, individual lessons, interview prompts, a student survey and a brief timeline of Missouri newspaper history. The guide also offers educators correlations to Missouri’s learning standards.
“Trustees for the Public” details the history of Missouri journalists including Joseph Charless, Mark Twain, Eugene Field, Joseph Pulitzer, Ernest Hemingway, Walter Williams and others, as well as the Missouri Press Association’s role in founding the State Historical Society of Missouri in 1898 and the Missouri School of Journalism in 1908.
Also included in the documentary are first-hand accounts from publishers and editors of their own careers, from the days of “hot type” printing, newspaper carriers hawking copies on the street corners, to today’s modern newsrooms, high-speed offset presses and the emergence of newspapers’ use of the Internet.
The guide is provided at no cost with the DVD, "Trustees of the Public." To order a copy of the 59 minute documentary on DVD, visit the MPA Store.
Summer Reading Programs are under way at libraries across the state and July’s Book Buzz column is a terrific resource for your newspaper. This month’s column, “Friends Rock,” offers recommendations on three books for readers pre-school through eighth grade.
Newsbee’s Picks include “Pig Kahuna,” by Jennifer Sattler, for the youngest readers; “Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator,” by Mo Willems, for middle readers; and “Wild Wings,” by Gill Lewis, for older readers.
The Oldest Pick centers around the migration of Scotland’s prized osprey to Africa. Young readers can continue the story beginning in July by following the annual migration online at www.GillLewis.com.
The column and book jackets are available for newspapers to download and publish at no cost. To access the files, visit www.mo-nie.com and use download code: buzzjul11.
And don't forget the monthly Novel Ideas book column for adults, also available at no cost. To learn more about these terrific features, visit www.mopress.com.
Thursday July 24th
Do you understand the Campaign Finance Disclosure Law? Check out this Missouri Ethics Commission brochure, which outlines the laws regulating political advertising disclaimers. Link
Tuesday July 22nd
Have you seen the agenda for the Missouri Press Association Convention? It will take place September 25-27 in Columbia, Mo. We can't wait to see you there! Link
Tuesday July 22nd
Friday, July 18, 2014 in Springfield, Mo. Link