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Missouri Association of Publications 5th Anniversary Publishing Summit Registration Opens!

December 30, 2008


MARCH 5 & 6, 2009

The publishing association’s 5th Anniversary Summit features award-winning, highly rated, nationally and internationally recognized and in-demand speakers for the professional development of our members and others wishing to enhance the effectiveness of their print and electronic publications.

Compare our conference and hotel rates to other conferences featuring this caliber of speakers!  We believe that you will not find a better combination.

Keynote Speakers

Tom Junod, Friday afternoon
Tom Junod started his journalism career at Atlanta Magazine, before moving on to Life, Sports Illustrated, GQ, and Esquire. At GQ, Junod won two National Magazine Awards, the first for a profile of an abortion doctor, the second for a profile of a rapist undergoing therapy while enduring what is known as “civil commitment. At Esquire, Junod has written profiles of Kevin Spacey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Fred Rogers, and FBI counter-terrorist expert John O’Neill, among others, and reported on American hostages in Equador. His 2003 piece, “The Falling Man,” is a finalist for a National Magazine Award this year. This is the 10th time he has been a National Magazine Award finalist.  Junod, 51, whose first job out of college was selling handbags, splits his time between Atlanta, Ga,. and Shelter Island, N.Y., with his wife, Janet, and their daughter Antonia Li.

Jim Spencer, Thursday night
Jim Spencer is president and founder of and has helped lead several successful Internet start-up and established online companies. Jim was a founding VP of Ask Jeeves ( where he was responsible for all search queries and helped lead the company to the 14th most popular site on the Internet and through a successful initial public offering. Prior to Ask Jeeves, Jim was the GM of News and Information Programming at AOL (News, Sports, Health, Research and International) leading the content, business and partnership operations for one of AOL’s major programming business units. He also served as director of strategic partnerships at NBC for, leading the design and direction of the web site and the coordination of the newsrooms of NBC News in New York and’s newsroom on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, WA. Jim began his online career as GM of New Media at Multimedia, Inc. in 1993. Prior to graduate school, Jim represented and distributed motion pictures including Academy Award-winning movies, foreign films and U.S. independent cinema. Jim earned his MA in journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and his BFA from New York University’s Film School.

Session Presenters

Don Ranly, Ph.D.
Don Ranly, professor emeritus of the Missouri School of Journalism, was head of the magazine sequence for 28 years.  Dr. Ranly has worked as a newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, a weekly columnist, a radio host and television producer, director and host. He has conducted more than 1,000 communication seminars for corporations, associations, organizations and individual newspapers and magazines. He has been a featured speaker at The Folio: Show, a national magazine conference, for the past two decades. He has co-authored News Reporting and Writing; Beyond the Inverted Pyramid and Telling the Story: The Convergence of Print, Broadcast and Online Media and is author of Publication Editing. In 1995 Dr. Ranly received a University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty-Alumni Award and was named the O.O. McIntyre Distinguished Professor of Journalism for 1995-96. In 1998, he received a Gold Chalk Award for outstanding service in the training and mentoring of professional students. In June 2002, he was named a Fellow of the International Association of Business Communicators. In 2003, he won a William T. Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.  In 2005 he received  a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Business Publications Editors.  He founded MAP in 2004 and now serves on its Board of Directors.  Regularly, the highest rated speaker at every conference in which he presents, Don continues to be in high demand for national and international conferences in major cities.

Jacqui Banaszynski
Jacqui Banaszynski is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who now holds the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism and an Editing Fellow at the Poynter Institute. She worked in newsrooms for more than 30 years, and now leads workshops for journalists around the world.

Tim Bingaman
Tim Bingaman, President & CEO of Circulation Verification Council founded CVC in 1992 with 13 member publications.  CVC was created give advertisers all the information they need to evaluate publications for media buys.  CVC now audits 4,981 publications with a combined circulation of over 72,,000,000 nationwide.  Tim travels the country 26 weeks a year to talk to publishers and advertising professionals about the benefits of working with audited publications.

Heather Mansfield
Owner of DIOSA | Communications, Heather Mansfield ( has over ten years of nonprofit fundraising and online community organizing experience.  Originally from Springfield, MO, Heather moved to Los Angeles at 19 to pursue a bachelors of arts in political theory from U.C.L.A. After college Heather moved to Washington, DC where she worked by day at the Pew Center for Civic Journalism.  In 1999, Heather went on tour with the Lilith Fair Music Festival as a spokesperson for Global Exchange. She then worked with and – both of which went out of business in the bust of 2001. In late 2001, she became the Communications and Outreach Director for International Development Exchange.

Heather’s career in web and e-mail communications received national recognition when she launched her own on July 23, 2000.  She spoke at conferences all over the country and built one of the most popular e-activism websites on the Internet. She sold in 2004 to Capitol Advantage in Washington, DC.

In late 2004, Heather returned to Springfield to take a job as Web Editor at Drury University. She launched DIOSA | Communications in February 2006 and then delved into the online metropolis of MySpace and launched She has become one of the leading experts in the nation on how nonprofit organizations, higher education, and small businesses can use MySpace, Facebook and YouTube to advance their online communications and development strategies. In 2007, Heather left Drury University to become the Nonprofit Community Manager for and focus on her own business.

Gary Whitaker
Gary Whitaker bought 417 Magazine, the monthly lifestyle magazine serving Springfield and southwest Missouri, in 2001, and made it the flagship title of a new firm called Whitaker Publishing. Since that time, 417 Magazine has grown from 44 side-stitched pages to a perfect-bound, 200-page magazine with more than 130,000 readers. In 2003 and 2004, the City and Regional Magazine Association ranked 417 Magazine number one, among all members, in percentage of increased ad pages. Along with 417 Magazine, the company now publishes the semiannual 417 Bride, the quarterly 417 Home, a luxury-lifestyle magazine for Baby Boomers called 417 Encore and a biweekly Springfield news and entertainment title, GO Magazine. Whitaker Publishing also takes on custom projects and publishes the Web sites and Gary is a 1975 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcasting. Prior to forming Whitaker Publishing, he spent 25 years in television news and management. His wife, Joan, is co-owner of Whitaker Publishing and serves as the company’s general manager.

Charlene Finck
Award-winning journalist Charlene Finck is Vice President, Editorial for
Farm Journal Media and Editor of Farm Journal magazine. She oversees all
of Farm Journal Media’s content in print, television and online

John Fennell
John Fennell has served as editor of Milwaukee Magazine, an award-winning monthly city magazine. The publication won some 160 awards during his 13-plus years tenure, including a nomination for the National Magazine Awards and two for the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism. Fennell has just completed a book about the life of Harry V. Quadracci, the late founder of Quad/Graphics, the third largest printer in North America. John is a former newspaper reporter who worked as assistant to the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Mike Royko. He was also editor of the international design journal, Step-By-Step Graphics.  Currently, he is the Meredith Chair professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Fred Parry
Fred Parry is the owner and publisher of Inside Columbia magazine. He has worked for newspapers in Chicago , Washington , D.C., and Pittsburgh, and spent three years on the advertising faculty at the MU School of Journalism . He worked as an advertising executive for the Gannett newspaper chain before he and his wife started their own publishing company, Parry Publishing, Inc., in 1994. In 1999, the Parrys merged their company’s seven publications with the radio stations of the Premier Marketing Group. Parry hosted the KFRU “Business Times” radio program on Sunday mornings for six years before becoming the permanent co-host of the Morning Meeting in April 2001. Parry sold his remaining interests in Parry Publishing in January 2005 and started Inside Columbia. Parry is very active in the community, serving as an elected member of the Board of Trustees for Boone Hospital Center, commissioner for the Columbia Housing Authority and former president of Columbia’s Northwest Rotary Club. He also serves on the boards of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. In June 2006, Parry was named the 2006 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.  Fred is MAP’s 2008 President-elect.

Sandra Davidson, Ph.D., J.D.
Sandra Davidson, Ph.D., J.D., teaches Communications Law and Internet Law at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Media Law at the School of Law.  She is the attorney for the Columbia Missourian.  She has won the prestigious Kemper Fellows award for her teaching and a Faculty/Alumni Award.

Brant Houston
Brant Houston is a Professor and Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois. In addition to teaching investigative journalism at Illinois, he trains professional journalists throughout the world and is developing new programs for international and ethnic media journalists. He also is exploring ways to use the latest software and database technology for in-depth reporting.  Prior to coming to Illinois in 2007, he served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit group of more than 4,000 members, for more than 10 years and was a professor at the Missouri Journalism School. Before IRE, he was an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years in Boston, Kansas City and Hartford, Conn. He has authored “Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide” and co-authored “The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook.”

Jennifer Rowe
Since fall of 1998 Jennifer has taught six magazine classes in the Missouri School of Journalism including Magazine Editing, Magazine Design, Advanced Magazine Design, Magazine Staff, Intermediate Writing and Lifestyle Journalism. She is also editorial director of Vox, an award-winning weekly city magazine that appears in the Columbia Missourian newspaper and is distributed throughout Columbia. She worked as communications coordinator and editor for an association in St. Louis from 1989 to 1996. Jennifer also served as president of an association of editors during that time. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. Having served as a contributing editor for Italian Cooking and Living magazine as well as the Magazine of Cucina Italiana for more than five years, Jennifer has had freelance articles in Elle, Real Simple, Westways and Missouri Life magazines, among others. A speaker at a variety of conferences and workshops across the country she has also presented at the FOLIO: show in both New York City and Chicago. In 2004 Jennifer was a recipient of the Provost¹s Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award at the University of Missouri.

Reuben Stern
Reuben Stern is the print and graphics editor in the Futures Lab of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Reuben was previously the managing editor for the Columbia Missourian, where he oversaw the day-to-day news operations and its web operations.

Mike McKean
Mike McKean is a professor and founder of the Convergence Journalism
Faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism.  McKean directs the Futures
Lab, a multi-platform newsroom and technology testing center at the Reynolds
Journalism Institute.

Edward T. Biamonte
Edward Biamonte has served the last 4 years as the Photo Editor/Head Photographer for the award winning regional magazine 417. His extensive photographic career started in Chicago in the early 80’s which took him to all the major hubs of catalogue and fashion photography
including, Italy every fall for the Fall Collections; and Chicago, Dallas, New York, Paris, Milan, Rio De Janeiro, Australia, Russia, Poland, Austria, Germany, Alaska, and many other locations.

Edward has a master’s in Communication Mass Media from MSU, in Springfield Mo. Currently some of his clients include; 417 magazine, Newsweek, Flypmedia, AmericanStyle Magazine, AARP, Direct Marketing Magazine, Healthcare Regional Marketing, Euro World Design, Killian Group, Rita Baron Associates, Barley + Pfeiffer Architects in Dallas, Unique Tile, Ocean Zen and the Titanic in Branson.  Edward taught Photography for 10 years at Evangel University, developing 4 advanced photography classes and designed a state of art photography lab.  He co-authored The Cave Detectives (2007).

At present, Edward travels extensively and continues to build his portfolio which reveals a wide range of work in beauty, fashion, Food, life style, photojournalism, product and fine art photography for the advertising, commercial and editorial industries.  His ethno-photographic study called “The Face of Russia” was on display at the Art Hall of MP Global.

Jan Colbert
Jan Colbert is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism where she teaches magazine design, writing, cultural issues in journalism. She chairs the magazine faculty and studies visual storytelling and creativity.  She has been managing editor and art director for two magazines, The IRE Journal and the National Book Critics Circle Journal. She is the co-editor of the second edition of the The Reporter’s Handbook, published by St. Martin’s Press;  and a photo editor and designer for many books.

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Preliminary Program
5th Anniversary Publishing Summit, March 5 & 6, 2009

Thurs. 1:00-2:00
On-site registration
Exhibit Hall Open
Silent Auction Begins

Thurs. 2-3:15
EDIT:  Joint session with Publishing:  Copyright and Other Legal Matters in the Internet Age.
Sandy Davidson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Journalism Law
Description:  Although courts apply old law to new technology, the Internet has created some challenging legal issues.  This presentation will focus on understanding the law and avoiding potential problems in the areas of copyright, libel and jurisdiction.

DESIGN:  Magazine Design: A Look at the Basic Principles
Jen Rowe, Associate Professor, Missouri Journalism School
Description:  A primer in design principles provides participates with foundational
knowledge to increase their visual literacy. See how applying these principles, from unity to contrast, will give your publication added punch.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  Joint session with Publishing: Copyright and Other Legal Matters in the Internet Age.
Sandy Davidson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Journalism Law
Description:  Although courts apply old law to new technology, the Internet has created some challenging legal issues.  This presentation will focus on understanding the law and avoiding potential problems in the areas of copyright, libel and jurisdiction.

Thurs. 3:30-4:45
EDIT:  Let’s Do A Feature!
Don Ranly, Missouri School of Journalism Professor Emeritus
Description:  Writing features does not mean writing fluff.  What it does mean is writing copy of all kinds with a flair that readers find compelling and enjoyable.   Through use of narrative and literary devices (similes, metaphors, examples, etc.), you’ll have more fun, and your copy will spring to life.

DESIGN:  You CAN judge a book by its cover.
Panel: Ed Biamonte, Jan Colbert, John Fennell, Jen Rowe.
Description:  You can judge a book by its cover if the book is a magazine.  At least the cover has much to do with whether your magazine gets into the hands of readers — either off the newsstand or in the home.  Four experts will lead a discussion with examples of the elements of a strong cover.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  Using social media to expand your brand.
Heather Mansfield, DIOSA Consulting.
Description:  Come learn how editors, publishers and circulation managers can use social media (MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) to provide more reader and customer insight, expand communication channels and measure their impact and effectiveness.

Thursday 5:00 Reception, 6:30 Ranly Awards Ceremony and Banquet
Keynote: Jim Spencer,  Innovation and Global Media – sparking creativity and economic development in a global economy.
Description:  In June of 2008 a team of entrepreneurs started a global news venture in partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism. How and why did this happen and what has been achieved? What can the Missouri Association of Publications learn from their efforts and how can members benefit from them?

Friday, 7am

Friday 8:15-9:30
EDIT:  Grammar I:  Grammar is Power.
Jennifer Rowe, Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Description:  Learn how understanding the basic power structure of grammar, from types of clauses, phrases and sentences to the ins and outs of comma and punctuation
placement. With exercises and clear guidelines, you’ll join this most popular session, and brush up on all those things you once learned but might have forgotten.

EDIT:  Blueprints for sound storytelling.
Jacqui Banaszynski, Knight Chair in Editing at Missouri School of Journalism.
Description:  The challenges of organization and focus plague even the most experienced writers. But there are some common blueprints that help writers build sound, elegant stories. Those blueprints provide a safe, reliable structure on which both creativity and clarity can stand, and give editors a framework to help coach complicated stories.

DESIGN (Advanced):  Magazine design in the digital era.
Reuben Stern, Managing Editor, Columbia Missourian.
Description:  What does the future hold for print design in an increasingly online world? This session will go beyond the basic principles of design to explore new ideas, tools and tips for engaging readers visually in print and across platforms. The presentation will showcase some of the latest developments in publication design for both print and electronic media and provide specifics on how to integrate these emerging trends into your own work.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  What media buyers need to know about your publication.
Tim Bingaman, President & CEO of Circulation Verification Council in Kirkwood.
Description:  Is your publication the “path of least resistance” for media buyers evaluating advertising purchases for your market?  This session will present how to effectively present your circulation, rate card and media kit, reader demographics and SRDS listings so media buyers have the information they need to include your publication in their media mix.

Friday 9:45-11:00
EDIT:  Grammar II:  More (Grammar) Power to the People.
Jennifer Rowe, Associate Professor, Missouri School of Journalism
Description:  For those who want to master more advanced techniques of grammar, style and
usage. we’ll delve further into the mysteries of the English language. This
session is for all of you who are closet grammar geeks or wannabes.

EDIT (Convergence):  Multimedia Reporting: Not Just an Add-on to the “Real” Story.  Joint session with publishing
Mike McKean, Convergence Chair of Missouri School of Journalism.
Description: Stop paying lip service to cross-platform journalism and start evaluating the best way to tell each story with all the tools available to your staff.  See and discuss real examples of real convergence.

DESIGN:  Advanced photography.
Edward Biamonte. Photo Editor of 417 Magazine.
Description:  Edward Biamonte has served the last 4 years as the Photo Editor/Head Photographer for the award winning regional magazine 417. His extensive photographic career started in Chicago in the early 80’s which took him to all the major hubs of catalogue and fashion photography.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  Joint session with EDIT (Convergence):  Multimedia Reporting: Not Just an Add-on to the “Real” Story.
Mike McKean, Convergence Chair, Missouri School of Journalism.
Description: Stop paying lip service to cross-platform journalism and start evaluating the best way to tell each story with all the tools available to your staff.  See and discuss real examples of real convergence.

Friday 11:15-12:30
EDIT:  Making the Web and databases work for you.
Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigate and enterprise reporting at U of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign.
Description:  This session will show how to use computer-assisted reporting to produce new and different stories, become more efficient in Web searches, and how to save and make time in the digital world.

DESIGN:  Type and resonance in the digital world.
Jan Colbert Magazine Journalism Chair, Missouri School of Journalism
Description:  Typography used to be the territory of a few; now everyone is an expert. Come figure out how to separate the faddish from the stylish and how to enhance storytelling with meaningful type decisions.

PUBLISHING/SALES & MARKETING:  Best sales and marketing idea roundtable.
Gary Whitaker, Fred Parry, Charlene Finck.

Friday 12:30-2:00
ANNUAL MEETING LUNCHEON:  Tom Junod, Keynote Speaker.


MO Press News & Notes

December 24, 2008

Schuyler County Times, Glenwood, has been sold by Melody Whitacre to Herb and Lorraine Austin, dba Schuyler County Times, LLC, commencing with Dec. 27 issue.
Lorraine will be editor.

€ Adrian ‹ Michele Burris is the new managing editor of The Adrian Journal.
Burris is a 1991 public relations graduate of Central Missouri State University. For the past 14-1/2 years she has worked at Sherwood Center in Kansas City, a non-profit devoted to people with autism.
A native of Kansas City, Burris is married to Mike Burris, a native of Adrian. They have two children and live in Adrian.

€ Waynesville ‹ Jack Hittinger, 22, has joined the Waynesville Daily Guide as sports editor, replacing David Roberts. Hittinger is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. He’s from Detroit.
Roberts, sports editor for three years, is the new sports editor at the Rolla Daily News.

€ Lexington ‹ Tina Svoboda recently became publisher of the Lexington News.
She previously worked for Cameron Newspapers, Inc., for more than 16 years in advertising sales and later as ad manager. She also has experience in broadcast news.
Svoboda and her husband, Jim, have six children. Svoboda has been active in the equine industry her entire life and is a member of the National Barrel Horse Association.

€ St. James ‹ Kathleen Meyer has been named editor of the St. James Leader-Journal. She replaced Michele Stryker.
Meyer previously lived in St. Louis since graduating from Truman State University in Kirksville. She worked in marketing and sales for University Press and maintained the Press website.
She also wrote entertainment news and reviews for in St. Louis.

€ Sedalia ‹ The Sedalia Democrat has a new advertising director, Bob Midles, and a new director of commercial printing, Dave Mullies.
Midles, 41, a native of Humansville, graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in agricultural journalism. He began his newspaper career in 2002 as the marketing manager for the Tucson Citizen and Arizona Daily Star. In 2004 he became director of marketing for The Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y.
Mullies, of Cole Camp, worked for five years as pre-press manager and five years overseeing the commercial division at Inter-State Studio before joining The Democrat. He studied at the Kansas City Art institute.
Mullies has experience in outside sales, as a production manager and the owner of his own printing company in Tempe, Ariz.

€ Pineville ‹ Michael A. Stearns, 47, is the new editor for McDonald County Newspapers. He replaced Rick Peck, editor since early 2003, who will continue covering news and sports.
Stearns spent his early years in radio, beginning at age 13. He worked at stations in New Mexico and Oklahoma in advertising sales, commercial production and on-the-air programs.
His newspaper career began in 1993 at Post Dispatch Inc., in Post, Texas. He worked in all phases of the business. He has been ad director at The Altus Times in Oklahoma, publisher of The Marlow Review in Oklahoma and The Lexington News in Missouri, and most recently a consultant for the Sweetwater Reporter in Texas.
Stearns lives in Anderson with his fiancé and her daughter. Each of them has two grown children.
McDonald County Newspapers publishes weeklies in Anderson, Goodman, Noel, Pineville and Southwest City.

Historic front pages

December 24, 2008

Missouri Press has gathered the front pages of newspapers from across the state in highlighting the historical election of the first African-American to the office of President of the United States. Here are the front pages and reactions of fifteen Missouri newspapers.

Obit – Polly Clayton

December 23, 2008

Polly Clayton passed away last night in Caruthersville after a lengthy battle with multiple mylenoma. Family members were by her side. One of the last things she heard was of a nice card she received from the Snyders, who said they missed seeing Mom and Dad at the press gatherings.
The funeral mass is Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Caruthersville, with burial to follow in Little Prairie Cemetery. Visitation is 8:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at H.S. Smith Funeral Home in Caruthersville.
One of the memorial sources is the Missouri Press Foundation.

Cards can be sent to her son, Tommy Clayton, 140 W 3rd St, Caruthersville, MO 63830

Cope named CEO of American Consolidated Media

December 18, 2008

Former GateHouse Media executive and Neosho Daily News Publisher Randy Cope has been named CEO and co-president of American Consolidated Media:

“Randy has approximately 20 years of operational and managerial experience in the U.S. community newspaper sector,” Macquarie CEO Mark Downey said in announcing the appointment at the company’s annual meeting in Sydney.

“Randy’s appointment is another step in the process that began 18 months ago, when Macquarie and ACM sought to grow ACM into a more substantial business,” Downey said. “Significantly, since then ACM has grown to the fifth-largest small-market community newspaper group in the U.S.”

Dallas-based ACM was founded ten years ago by Jeremy Halbreich, who resigned as CEO this summer, a year after the chain was acquired by Macquarie. ACM publishes 104 dailies and non-dailies in 10 states.

Former UM Curator Creates Scholarship in MU College of Education

December 18, 2008

By Shannon Sowell, Development Research Coordinator

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Former University of Missouri System Curator Mary L. James knows all too well the challenges that come with creating and sustaining a stimulating, yet affordable, educational experience. Throughout her service on the Board of Curators, James was a proponent of helping Missouri’s young people earn college degrees. She and her husband, William E. James, recently reinforced their years of support for this mission with a gift creating the Mary L. James Scholarship Endowment in the College of Education.

“Mary and her family have given consistently and generously of their time, energy, personal resources and counsel,” Chancellor Brady J. Deaton said.  “I am hopeful that the students who enter MU on this new scholarship will be fully aware of Mary’s history and proud to know they are following in her footsteps.”

This scholarship will be welcome news for those entering a field that is personally rewarding, though typically not financially rewarding.  The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in August 2009. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be eligible to receive it.

“Mary and I are honored to have made this gift to MU’s College of Education,” said Bill James. “Mary and her sister, Jeanie Brown Snider, are proud graduates of the college and have dedicated their careers to making a difference through educational opportunities.”

“The college has made great strides in the last decade in Missouri and around the world.  Mary had a chance to witness that firsthand during her service as an MU curator.  She and I both wanted to pay tribute to that achievement and support MU’s historic For All We Call Mizzou billion-dollar campaign,” he said.

The Jameses also support the Community Newspaper Management Fund and the William E. James Scholarship in the Missouri School of Journalism. Mary’s late father, J. W. Brown, Jr., was a graduate of the Journalism School. Mary’s mother, Wanda Brown, is also a proud supporter of MU.

After graduating from MU, Mary James taught in San Antonio, Texas, and Harrisonville, Mo.  She served as executive director of the Cass Medical Center Foundation and was the human resources manager for the Cass County Publishing Co. for 26 years.  Most recently, she was the Adult and Community Education Coordinator for the Cass Career Center.  Mary is active in numerous Harrisonville and Cass County community organizations.

Reynolds Foundation gives $2M to establish Mizzou business chair

December 18, 2008

St. Louis Business Journal

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will award a $2 million grant to the Missouri School of Journalism to establish the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism.

The new chair will allow for the expansion of business journalism courses at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. It will also provide for the development of course offerings for working professionals through Missouri’s online master’s programs.

The grant provides $2 million in endowment to fund the chair in perpetuity and $206,500 to enable the school to fund the chair beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.

The new Reynolds Chair will work closely with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, a newly opened center for researching and testing new models of journalism that was funded by $32 million from the Reynolds Foundation.

Recruitment for the new chair will be conducted during the 2008-2009 academic year, with the holder beginning responsibilities in fall 2009.

The new chair programs at Mizzou are part of a larger initiative to boost business journalism nationwide.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., it is one of the largest private foundations in the nation.

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