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									Missouri Press Association eBulletin for March 3, 2010

-- Briefs & Reminders -- Industry Notes

-- MPA Calendar & Marketplace

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-- K.C. Sun Tribune closed

-- Apply for Summer Intern Grant

-- Sunshine Coalition panel discussion on E-coli, public health

-- Legal Glossary app from Missouri Bar

-- 'Final Four' and 'March Madness' are registered trademarks

-- Radio company files Chapter 11

-- Morris out of bankruptcy

-- News consumption continues to fragment

-- AP creating division to sell digital products

-- New web tutorial on campaigns, advertising

-- Don't get fined; know rules on election ads

-- Changes proposed for Postal Service
-- Viers, Slimp at Ozark Press/MSNE meeting March 18-19

-- Russell Viers in Arkansas April 1; Warrenton April 8

-- Ad Managers' meeting in April

-- Free seminar on AMBER Alert program

-- Media & The Law Seminar in K.C.

-- Peter Wagner at Show-Me Press; MPA Board, Golf outing

-- Track legislation, candidate filings, ballot issues at these websites

-- Hall of Fame, Young Journalist of the Year nominations

-- Missouri Association of Publications to meet April 8

-- Newspaper stock prices rise

-- ABC News to cut staff

-- MPA Calendar

-- Job Bank & Marketplace Classifieds


-- K.C. Sun Tribune closed
(Kansas City Business Journal) -- St. Joseph-based NPG Newspapers Inc. suspended publication of
its Sun Tribune on Feb. 24.

The Sun Tribune, which reported a weekly circulation of 26,000, covered parts of Clay and Platte
counties, mostly in North Kansas City, Gladstone, Parkville and Kansas City, North.

Lee Sawyer, the general manager for NPG’s newspaper division, said more than 10 employees were
let go.

NPG, which publishes the St. Joseph News-Press, other newspapers in the Kansas City region and
the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal, still will operate its newspapers in Liberty, Smithville and


-- Apply for Summer Intern grant

Missouri Press Foundation is offering Missouri newspapers the opportunity to host student interns in
the summer of 2010 for four, six or eight weeks. Depending upon the length of the internship, MPA
will grant a newspaper $500, $750 or $1,000 to help pay its intern.

Up to 10 summer internships will be funded this year. Newspapers will be responsible for hiring their

If you are interested in hosting an intern, complete the application form
( and return it to the Missouri Press Foundation by March
If you have questions contact Doug Crews at 573-449-4167 or


-- Sunshine Coalition panel discussion on E. coli, public health

Three Missouri reporters will discuss the recent controversy surrounding public health issues related
to E. coli at the Lake of the Ozarks at the Missouri Sunshine Coalition’s second annual Sunshine
Week observance.

The program, featuring panelists Karen Dillon of The Kansas City Star, Tony Messenger of the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch and Chad Livengood of the Springfield News-Leader, will take place from 4 to 6
p.m. Monday, March 15, at Fisher Auditorium in Gannett Hall on the University of Missouri campus.

During the event, the coalition also will announce its nominees for the American Society of News
Editors’ Sunshine Hero award.

The Missouri Sunshine Coalition is a statewide organization that advocates for open government. For
more information or to become a member, visit


-- Legal Glossary app from Missouri Bar

The News Reporter’s Legal Glossary, a publication of the Missouri Press-Bar Commission, is now
available as a free app for iPhone users. The glossary includes about 700 legal terms, including
definitions of various components of Missouri’s court system and major Supreme Court cases
affecting freedom of the press.

To download the glossary, search the iPhone app store for “law glossary,” “Missouri Bar” or “Missouri


-- 'Final Four' and 'March Madness' are registered trademarks
The words “Final Four” and “March Madness” are among the National Collegiate Athletic
Association’s list of registered trademarks. The unauthorized use of these and other words registered
by the NCAA could lead to legal action.

A merchant selling products that have already been licensed by the NCAA tcan promote the sale of
these items in advertising, provided the appropriate wording is used, and the advertising is submitted
by the NCAA corporate partner to the NCAA corporate marketing staff for approval.


-- Radio company files Chapter 11

(Reuters) -- 
U.S. radio broadcaster Regent Communications, Cincinnati, filed for Chapter 11
protection as part of a prearranged deal that will cut its debt by $87 million and transfer majority
ownership of the reorganized company to certain funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management

Regent owns and operates 62 stations in nine states and employs about 800 people.


-- Morris out of bankruptcy

(AP) AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Morris Publishing Group said Tuesday that it has emerged from bankruptcy
protection. A judge has approved a prepackaged debt restructuring for the Georgia-based publisher
of 13 daily newspapers, including The Augusta Chronicle and Savannah Morning News.

Under the plan confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, about $278.5 million in bonds and accrued
and unpaid interest has been canceled in exchange for $100 million in new secured notes due in
2014, according to Morris.

Morris Publishing has 1,847 full-time employees and 335 part-time workers. It has daily newspapers
in Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, South Carolina and Texas, and more than
60 non-daily newspapers and magazines. The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville is the company's
largest newspaper.

-- News consumption continues to fragment

The rise of mobile devices and the continuing influence of the internet are reshaping how consumers
get their news, according to a study released this week by the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in
Journalism. The survey said that 92 percent of Americans get news from multiple platforms, ranging
from newspapers to mobile devices. Almost 60 percent say they get their news from a combination of
online and offline sources; 33 percent of cell phone users access news on their phones.

The study found that 78 percent of Americans get news from a local TV station, and 54 percent pick
radio for news. Fifty percent picked newspapers and 17 percent said national papers, such as The
New York Times or USA Today, were their favorite news sources.

Consumers’ favorite news subject? The weather.


-- AP creating division to sell digital products

(AP) -- The Associated Press is setting up a division to help the news cooperative, newspapers and
broadcasters sell digital products directly to readers on the next wave of Internet-connected devices
such as Apple's iPad.

The AP's chief executive, Tom Curley, announced the new business unit, called AP Gateway, during a
speech Friday to the Colorado Press Association.

AP Gateway will focus on expanding such products as the AP Mobile news service for cell phones
and the kinds of online platforms that the AP developed for the Winter Olympics and Copenhagen
climate talks. Some services might be supported by advertising revenue, while others might require
readers to pay subscriptions, Curley said.

-- New web tutorial on campaigns, advertising

The Missouri Ethics Commission has released a new training tutorial, Campaign Materials
Identification Requirements.

Campaign Materials Identification Requirements provides an overview of campaign materials,

      - Definition of campaign materials, what is included and what is not as well as who must comply;
      - Details about how the individual(s) paying for the printed campaign material must be identified;
      - Information about the Commission’s enforcement of the law

Missouri law provides specific requirements for identifying those paying for printed campaign
materials. Candidates, treasurers, printers or publishers and anyone else involved in the producing or
disseminating campaign materials are encouraged to view this tutorial.

To view the Campaign Materials Identification Requirements tutorial, visit the MEC training
page. (


-- Don't Get Fined; Know Rules on Election Ads

The Missouri Ethics Commission could fine your newspaper as much as $1,000 if you publish
election campaign notices without the proper "paid for by" disclaimer.

Election season is coming (April, August, November elections), and you can anticipate receiving
campaign advertising for candidates and propositions.

Everyone on your ad staff should be familiar with the disclaimer regulations. Print them out, make
copies, post them around your office and have them ready when candidates call or come into the
office. (Watch the brief web tutorial mentioned in the previous item.)

Here is a link to the regulations:


-- Changes proposed for Postal Service

(USPS) WASHINGTON — Facing unprecedented volume declines and a projected $238 billion
shortfall during the next decade, Postmaster General John E. Potter Tuesday outlined an aggressive
plan of cost cutting, increased productivity, and an array of legislative and regulatory changes
necessary to maintain a viable United States Postal Service.
Mail volume is projected to fall 37 percent decline in First-Class Mail alone. Revenue contributed by
First-Class Mail will plummet from 51 percent today to about 35 percent in 2020.

Potter outlined a number of actions, but despite these efforts, an estimated $115 billion shortfall will
remain. Among the actions he proposed:

     -Adjust delivery days to better reflect current mail volumes and customer habits.

     -Ensure that prices of mailing products are based on demand for each individual product and its
          costs, rather than capping prices for every class at the rate of inflation.

     -A modest exigent price increase will be proposed, effective in 2011.

     -Permit the Postal Service to introduce more new products.

For more information, fact sheets, soundbites and graphics, visit


-- Viers, Slimp at Ozark Press/MSNE Meeting March 18-19

Tech trainers Kevin Slimp and Russell Viers are on the program for the annual meeting of the Ozark
Press Association on Thursday and Friday, March 18-19, at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson. The
Missouri Society of Newspaper Editors will join Ozark Press for this meeting.

MPA Postal consultant Ron Cunningham and MPA Hotline counselor Jean Maneke will be there as

Dinner sponsored by the Branson Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Thursday evening. The
Chamber also will provide a variety of Branson show tickets for your entertainment.

Download the agenda and registration form at

-- Russell Viers in Arkansas April 1; Warrenton, Mo., April 8

Missourians are invited to attend an InDesign and Photoshop workshop by trainer Russell Viers from
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in Harrison, Ark.

Viers will present on Thursday, April 8, in Warrenton, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the First State Community
Bank, Hwy. 47.

Cost is just $20, which includes lunch sponsored by Atomic News Tools, for either session.

To register or to get more information about the workshop in Harrison, contact the Arkansas Press
Association at 800-569-8762.

To register for the Missouri Press Foundation-sponsored workshop in Warrenton, contact Missouri
Press at 573-449-4167. A flier can be downloaded at


-- Ad Managers' meeting in April

The annual meeting of the Missouri Advertising Managers' Association will be held Thursday
afternoon and Friday morning, April 22-23, at The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark. (You don't
need to be an Ad Manager to attend this meeting. Anyone interested in making money is welcome to

Session topics will include how to get political advertising; a great-idea roundtable session with cash
prizes for the top ideas; a roundtable session on various aspects of newspaper advertising sales; a
session on opportunities in tourism advertising, and a program on texting for newspapers.

Check out the agenda and registration form at

-- Free seminar on AMBER Alert program

Learn how your newspaper can participate and assist with AMBER Alerts about missing children on
Friday, April 23, in Jefferson City. The Missouri Press Association is hosting this FREE seminar on
the AMBER Alert program for you, all Missouri media and everyone associated with the program.

"Children in Jeopardy" will be presented 9 a.m. –1 p.m. at the Missouri State Highway Patrol General
Headquarters Building, 1510 East Elm St. A team from the University of South Carolina’s College of
Mass Communications and Information Studies will conduct the workshop.

The presenters must justify the expense of the program, so they need early workshop
registrations. Please register NOW if someone from your newspaper will attend.

To get more information or to register for the seminar, contact Terri Moorer at the University of South
Carolina at (803) 348-0445 or Provide your name, title, organization,
address, email, cell, gender and DOB.

The deadline for registration is March 19, but you are urgently requested to sign up immediately.


-- Media & The Law Seminar in K.C. on April 23

One of the sessions at the annual Media & The Law seminar in Kansas City on April 23 will examine
the issue "Aggregators or Agitators? Does the Copyright Act need to be amended to save
newspapers?" Other sessions will deal with new media (Twitter and Facebook) and the challenge it
gives the traditional media and ethical issues raised by the social networking forums.

The cost for journalists to attend this seminar is only $60, including lunch. It’s an incredible
opportunity to hear some excellent nationally known speakers (including Jake Adelstein, an American
journalist who wrote about crime in Japan and now is the chief investigator for a U.S. State
Department-sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan.

An information flier and registration information are available at

-- Peter Wagner at Show-Me Press; MPA Board, Golf outing

Community newspaper expert and trainer Peter Wagner from Iowa will be the featured presenter at
the Show-Me Press Association meeting in June. Show-Me Press will meet Thursday and Friday,
June 10-11, at The Resort at Port Arrowhead, Lake Ozark.

The Missouri Press Porter Fisher Golf Classic will be held on Thursday afternoon, June 10, at
Season's Ridge Golf Course. MPA's Board of Directors will meet that morning at the Resort.

Another feature of the Show-Me meeting will be a group of Missouri newspaper people talking about
events they have sponsored that have generated large amounts of money.


-- Newspaper stock prices rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of newspaper companies rose last week, helped by a series of positive
quarterly results.

Washington Post Co. shares rose $9.60 to $422.11 after the company said fourth-quarter earnings

A.H. Belo Corp., which owns The Dallas Morning News and other newspapers, earned $5.7 million
despite a 15 percent decline in revenue. Shares rose 70 cents to $6.70.

Shares of E.W. Scripps Co., which owns TV stations as well as newspapers, climbed 21 cents to


-- ABC News to cut staff
(New York Times) -- ABC News is making no secret about what is behind the sweeping staff cuts it

now faces: raw survival instinct.

“I just looked out at the next five years and was concerned that we could not sustain doing what we

were doing,” said David Westin, the president of ABC News, as he explained the decision last week

to jettison up to 400 staff members, a quarter of the news staff, in the coming months.

The same motive already instigated strategic retrenchment at ABC’s broadcast competitors. NBC, the

one network with a cable news channel, MSNBC -- and, not coincidentally, the only network in a

sound position of profitability -- has drastically pared down its operations over the last few years. So

has CBS, which is losing money already and has cut about 70 jobs this year.


-- New York Times work to be on monitors in cities

(The New York Times) -- Video screens in coffee shops, casual eateries and airport newsstands in

five major cities will display the work of The New York Times under a deal with RMG Networks, a

major owner of such screens.

RMG will take some 850 screens it operates in the main business districts of New York, Los Angeles,

Chicago, San Francisco and Boston and rebrand them as the Today network,
displaying only material taken from The Times’s website, interspersed with ads.

Another 850 screens will be added over the next few months, and some of them may be in other



--MPA Calendar


1-5 -- National Newspaper in Education Week. NIE Week material from the Newspaper Association of
America Foundation and Missouri Press Foundation can be downloaded at these websites:, download code niewk10.

14-20 -- National Sunshine Week (

17-19 -- NNA Government Affairs Conference, Washington, D.C.

18-19 -- MSNE/Ozark Press Association joint meeting, Chateau on the Lake, Branson:


8 -- Russell Viers InDesign workshop in Warrenton

22-23 -- Missouri Advertising Managers’ Association meeting, Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark

23 -- AMBER Alert workshop for all media, Jefferson City

23 -- Media Law Seminar, Kansas City


6 -- Past Presidents and Spouses Dinner, Columbia Country Club

14 -- Southeast Missouri Press Association meeting, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape

10 -- MPA/MPS Board meeting, Resort at Port Arrowhead, Lake Ozark

11-12 -- Show Me Press Association annual meeting, Resort at Port Arrowhead, Lake Ozark


30-Oct. 3 -- 124th NNA Convention and Trade Show, Hilton, Omaha


14-16 -- 144th MPA Convention, The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark


--Job Bank & Marketplace


GRAPHIC DESIGN/PRODUCTION ARTIST: Neighbor Newspapers is offering a full-time,
design/production opportunity in a fast-paced, dynamic and collaborative newspaper environment.
This is a great opportunity for a graphic designer with newspaper or magazine experience.
Requirements: A design degree is preferred, but design training or equivalent experience in a
design/production field is acceptable. In-depth knowledge and experience with Adobe InDesign.
Working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Acrobat and QuarkXpress. Experience with Mac
OS X. Background in designing ads for print publications in a deadline-oriented environment is a plus.
Some experience in building web ads is desired, but not necessary. The right candidate: Is a team
player, able to communicate, share knowledge, and assist others, works well under deadline, with
excellent multi-tasking abilities. Is highly-organized with excellent follow-up skills and attention to
detail. Takes responsibility for group/individual assignments. Possesses excellent interpersonal and
customer service skills. Possesses effective typing and spelling skills. Benefits include, paid time off,
group health and dental, 401k plan. Pay commensurate with experience. EOE. Email resume to or fax to 417-326-8701.

AD REP: The Platte County Landmark, an award-winning and well-established weekly newspaper in
Kansas City's Northland, is looking for a motivated,
independent advertising sales representative. Design experience a plus.
Commission. Send resume to Ivan Foley at

ADVERTISING MANAGER: Missouri State University is accepting applications for the school
newspaper ADVERTISING MANAGER, in Media, Journalism & Film Dept. Responsibilities: planning,
implementing, & managing comprehensive advertising & marketing program for The Standard
resulting in sufficient funds to support publication (printed once weekly) and sales, ad design, &
promotional operations. For required qualifications: or call (417) 836-
4683. Exc. Ben. Pkg. Pay. Continuation of the position is contingent upon adequate sales revenue.
Grade: 42. Salary: $28,000-$30,000/ann. Submit letter of interest, resume, online application, copy of
transcripts, & name, address, & phone numbers of 3 prof. refs. by 3-12-10 to: Jack Dimond,
Standard, Missouri State University, 901 S. National, Springfield, MO 65897. Employment will require
a criminal background check at University expense. AA/EOE.

OUTSIDE SALES: Mid-Missouri Media is looking for a high energy, creative outside sales
representative to join our team. The successful candidate will be able to operate independently while
selling and managing multiple projects. Commission potential plus a competitive benefits package.
Resumes should be sent to Floyd Jernigan via email at

JOURNALIST: If you’re looking to put yourself in a position to advance your career, come join our
team. We have a proven reputation of award-winning journalism and placing our reporters at larger
newspapers. We’re seeking a talented and motivated journalist who can produce well-crafted, clean
copy and lots of it. Fast-paced daily newspaper environment for a general assignment reporter who
likes variety. Photo skills useful. Knowledge of page layout helpful. We’re located in south central
Missouri within easy driving distance to St. Louis and Springfield. Apply to Publisher Floyd Jernigan at


MORGUE: The morgue files (back issues) of the O’Fallon Times (Missouri), O’Fallon-St. Peters
Times/O’Fallon-St. Peters-St. Charles Times, which became the St. Peters Courier-Post noted for its
constitutional law case involving RsMO. 493.050 regarding eligibility of legal papers. These date from
1952 to 1992 and are bound and in excellent condition. Call 636-724-0511 or e-mail


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