Archive for August 2010

New Missouri newspaper vending rules take affect

August 18, 2010

If your newspaper is sold or distributed at Missouri interstate highway rest stops, here is a development just released:

Proposed rescissions of current rules and proposed new rules involving newspaper vending machines located at interstate highway rest areas in Missouri were published Aug. 16, 2010, in the Missouri Register.

Comments about the proposals may be filed with the Missouri Department of Transportation, Pamela J. Harlan, Secretary to the Commission, P.O. Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

Comments must be received within 30 days after publication of the notices in the Missouri Register.  This means comments must be received by the Commission by Sept. 15. No public hearings are scheduled on the proposals.

Missouri Press Association needs to hear from publishers whose newspapers will be affected by these proposed regulations.

To read the proposals, see pages 1173 to 1180 of the following link:

Here are a few of the highlights of the proposals:

No publication vending machine shall be installed at a rest area except those machines owned and installed by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

At each rest area, the commission may provide one publication vending machine bin which may hold up to four individual machines to allow the vending of publications. The commission, in its sole discretion, may provide additional bins if the commission determines sufficient room exists within the rest area to accommodate additional bins.

A publisher shall not install is own newsrack(s).

The commission may grant to a licensee (for instance, Sheltered Workshops) an exclusive license to authorize publishers to lease machine space.

The licensee may lease machine spaces within the bins to such publishers or such publishers’ agents and such spaces shall be available on a first-come, first served basis.

The licensee shall collect a license fee of $12 per year from each publisher or its agent for each machine space in a rest area to cover the administrative and maintenance costs the licensee shall sustain due to the operation of the machine and the debris the machine will generate.

The visible contents of the publication as displayed in the machine shall not be offensive to members of the general public.

The publisher is responsible for damages to bins and machines.

The licensee, or a publisher or its agent, shall remove any outdated issue of such publication from within each machine and remove all debris which is not properly placed in rest area trash containers from the rest area grounds.

Each publisher and is agents shall be liable for damage sustained to the commission’s bins, machines, and the contents thereof that is caused by the publisher or its agents.


API awards fellowships to nine industry professionals and journalism educators

August 12, 2010


RESTON, Va. – The American Press Institute has awarded fellowships to nine industry professionals and journalism educators for its 2010 Fall/Winter seminars.

The fellowships provide seminar tuition, hotel, group meals and some travel. They are intended to offer greater access to API leadership and industry development seminars for journalism educators, future leaders and those from smaller or independently owned newspaper organizations.

The recipients include:

Holly Anderson, magazine and local features editor, Idaho Statesman, Boise, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “8 Steps to Profitable New Products.”

Jason Begay, assistant professor/director of Native American Journalism Projects, The University of Montana School of Journalism, Missoula, winner of the Minority Journalism Educators Fellowship, to attend “Beyond the Newsroom” and “The Next Generation of Media Managers.”

Jodi M. Bell, vice president of revenue development, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “Maximizing Sales Force Effectiveness.”

Douglas Campbell, professor of Communication Media, Lock Haven (Penn.) University, winner of the James H. Ottaway Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Jackie Kaczmarek, executive editor, The Sentinel in Hanford, Calif., winner of the Malcolm F. Mallette Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Jeramiah Martin, Interactive Sales Manager, Idaho Statesman, Boise, winner of the William L. Winter Fellowship, to attend “The Next Generation of Media Managers.”

John Scott, digital director, The Indianapolis Star/Star Media, winner of the Edmund C. Arnold Fellowship, to attend “Digital Delivery.”

Randall Smith, professor, Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Business Journalism, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, winner of the James H. Ottaway Fellowship, to attend “New Revenue Models That Work.”

David Trinko, senior content editor of The Lima (Ohio) News, winner of the Malcolm F. Mallette Fellowship, to attend “Beyond the Newsroom.”

To learn more about the fellowships API offers and how to apply please visit:

About The American Press Institute
The American Press Institute ( is an independent non-profit educational center providing skills-based training and leadership development in the news industry, offering seminars, workshops and custom programs for newspaper professionals and organizations.

SPJ to meet in Vegas in October

August 11, 2010

With over 60 different professional development programs in the works for the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas Oct. 3-5, there’s something for everyone.

We’re presenting multiple opportunities for editors and front-line reporters to enhance their skills at what promises to be the top journalism-industry event of the year.

And we tailor our programs just for you! For example, some of our programs include Smashing the Silos!, surpassing isolated information and section silos while developing newsroom networks and links; The Art of Access: Getting Public Records When Stretched for Time, with inside tips and psychological strategies for acquiring public records; and A Bright Future for Journalism, showcasing some of the explosive new ventures in journalism that are finding success.Click here to see the full schedule and program list.
These and dozens more in-depth professional development programs make our early convention registration a great deal that can’t be beat:
SPJ Member: $185
Non-Member: $285
*Early registration prices are only available until Sept. 8!
But don’t forget that this is taking place in the Entertainment Capital of the World. There will be lots to do and see both in and out of the convention hotel, the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Click here to see hotel rates, book a room and even look for a roommate.

If you have any questions about the event, please call us at 317-927-8000 or e-mail Chris Vachon at You also can follow conference developments on Twitter with hashtag #SPJ10 and on the SPJ Convention blog.
The professional skills you learn in Vegas WON’T stay in Vegas.

National Newspaper Week

August 11, 2010

for 2010 is October 3-9. Make a note!

NAM annual election of officers

August 11, 2010

Felicia Mason, executive director of the Alabama Press Association, was elected president of Newspaper Association Managers, Inc (NAM) at its annual meeting last week in New Orleans  She succeeds Micheal Hodges of the Texas Press Association.  She becomes NAM’s 88th president, the second from Alabama.  Doyle L. Huckels was the first, serving in 1943.  Mason has been with APA for 22 years, 12 as executive director.

Dean Ridings, Florida Press, was elected vice president.  Ridings is a former Missouri newspaper publisher in Richmond.  Doug Anstaett was elected secretary, from Kansas Press.

Lisa Hills, Minnesota Newspaper Association, was elected as a new member to the Board of Directors for a three-year term.  Other directors are Michael MacLaren, Michigan Press, and Greg Sherrill, Tennessee Press.

Mark Thomas, Oklahoma Press Association, remains NAM representative to the National Newspaper Association.  Morley L. Piper continues as the clerk of the corporation.

City releases termination agreement

August 4, 2010

The Marshall Democrat-News reported (in February) that the Marshall City Council had agreed to the termination of the employment of police Lt. Brad Bartlett upon “mutually agreeable terms.”
The newspaper recently received additional information that specifies the terms under which Bartlett and the city agreed to end his employment.
The council, meeting in closed session Feb. 16, approved a separation agreement with Bartlett and on Feb. 19 released the minutes of the closed session, as required by the Missouri Sunshine Law.
The agreement is considered confidential by both parties, but after an inquiry by Bartlett’s attorney challenging the accuracy of the newspaper story, the Democrat-News filed a Sunshine Law request with the city seeking a copy of the agreement.
On June 25 the city complied with the request and released the text of the agreement.
According to the document, the agreement was entered into at the city’s request and with the consent of Bartlett to end his employment, and it spells out a number of obligations for both parties.
The agreement requires the city to continue paying Bartlett’s salary and benefits through July 31, and to reimburse Bartlett $6,500 for attorney’s fees.
Bartlett and his attorney declined to comment, citing the confidentiality provision of the agreement.

Mercer County audit shows Sunshine violations

August 4, 2010

Sunshine Law noncompliance was among the findings by the Missouri State Auditor’s Office in an audit of Mercer County for the two-year period ending Dec. 31, 2009.
According to the auditor’s office, the Mercer County Commission held 31 closed meetings during that period and did not comply with various aspects of the Sunshine Law while documenting and conducting those meetings. Open minutes did not disclose the reason for closing 15 meetings, and minutes were not kept for three closed meetings.
Examples of topics discussed during closed meetings that did not meet the law requirements were equipment purchases and sales tax rollback calculations, according to the audit report.   –From a June 25 story in the Trenton Republican-Times