Archive for the ‘Appointments and Awards’ category

Duane Dailey to be honored

September 21, 2010

Duane Dailey, longtime agriculture journalist and photographer, is being honored Friday, Sept. 24 with a reception, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Dailey writes a weekly column, published by a number of Missouri newspapers.  He is one of those dedicated people who attend most Missouri Press Association annual conventions and many of the state’s district press association meetings.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in Washington, MO.  And, for years he has assisted with the Missouri Photo Workshop, sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism.

You may send your congratulatory wishes to Duane Dailey, 511 W. Worley, Columbia, MO 65203-3324.


American again best Black newspaper

August 3, 2010

For the seventh time, The St. Louis American was named the top African-American newspaper in the country by the National Newspaper Publishers’ Association.
The John B. Russwurm Award presentation was the finale of the NNPA’s special annual Merit Awards Gala, which was held in New York City in June.
Dr. Donald Suggs, publisher of The American, accepted the award. “Thanks, but it’s not my personal achievement,” Suggs told the audience. “Back at home, there is a team of
hardworking individuals committed to excellence who are responsible for this award.”
African-American media organizations from across the nation were represented at the four-day conference. Guests included New York Gov. David Paterson and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. Speakers included the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, who addressed trying times in the newspaper industry and the enduring promise of the Black Press.
The American is the second largest weekly in Missouri. Its COO and senior vice president, Kevin Jones, is president of Missouri Press Association this year.
Other NNPA awards it received were in the categories of General Excellence, Best Layout and Design, Best Lifestyles Section, Best Special Edition (“Diversity, A Business Imperative”), Best Circulation Promotion, Best Original Advertising Idea, Best Business
Section and Community Service.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our staff and more thankful to our loyal readers and supporters,” Dr. Suggs said. “In a challenging environment for media organizations, our business model focuses on value, providing value for both our readers and our
“We deeply appreciate this award and look to continue to be increasingly more in touch with our audience in print, online, social networking, and within the community.”
NNPA, also known as the Black Press of America, is a 70-year-old federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers across the United States.
In an editorial about the award, The American said, “…we will continue to work and struggle hard to stay here in St. Louis in what our peers in the Black Press have told us is a position of national leadership. We love this region and its potential, and we intend to do our best to make sure we remain true to our mission: that we work to ensure the
African Americans who call St. Louis home are regarded and treated fairly and are included equally in the opportunities to succeed.”
On July 22, The American published its annual “Diversity, A Business Imperative” special edition. It was the largest edition in the paper’s 82-year history.

Gish family wins 2010 Eugene Cervi Award

July 27, 2010

Recognizing exemplary rural journalists, providing examples for others to follow, is part of the mission of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. As part of that effort, the Institute presents an award in honor of Tom and Pat Gish, who published The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky., for more than 51 years. Tom died in November 2008; Pat has health issues but remains publisher, and their son Ben is editor. This year, the Gish family won the Eugene Cervi Award from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors for consistently acting in the conviction that “good journalism begets good government.” The Gishes have withstood advertiser boycotts, declining population, personal attacks and even the burning of their office to provide the citizens of Letcher County the kind of journalism often lacking in rural areas. They exemplify the courage, tenacity and integrity that is often necessary to render public service in journalism, especially in rural communities. That’s why the award is named for them and they were the first recipients of it, in 2005.

The Ezzell family of The Canadian Record, a weekly newspaper in Canadian, Texas, won the award in 2007. It was accepted by Laurie Ezzell Brown and her mother, Nancy Ezzell, widow of Ben Ezzell, who established the Panhandle weekly’s reputation for courage, especially in national political controversies. Ben Gish was among the judges who unanimously voted to make the award, saying “The Ezzells clearly demonstrate the tenacity, courage and integrity I’ve been privileged to witness, in growing up and working with my parents.” Retired publisher Al Smith, an Institute founder and chairman of the Institute’s advisory board, said: “The story of this gutsy Texas family is as comparable to the Gishes of Kentucky as anyone could imagine.” The Canadian Record has held local, state and national politicians accountable, fought political extremism, opposed unwise military adventures and helped protect the environment, often against organized and violent opposition. The award was presented at the Institute’s National Summit on Journalism in Rural America.

The 2008 Gish Award went to James E. Prince III, and Stanley Dearman, current and former publishers of The Neshoba Democrat, a weekly newspaper in Philadelphia, Miss. The Democrat was recognized for its leadership, especially on civil rights and reconciliation over the last four decades. Dearman and Prince were cited for their effort to bring to justice all the killers of James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, the civil-rights workers who were murdered in Neshoba County in July 1964. Seven Ku Klux Klan members and allies were convicted in the murders, though none served more than six years in prison. Another 11 were not convicted, and the case was not prosecuted by the state of Mississippi until the Democrat and the daily Clarion-Ledger in Jackson began their campaigns for justice.  Their efforts were testimony to the great good that courageous newspapers can do. The award was presented at a Mississippi Press Association convention.

The Tom and Pat Gish Award was not presented in 2009, but will be in 2010. We seek nominations that measure up, at least in major respects, to the records of previous winners. Nominators should send detailed letters to Director Al Cross at the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, explaining how their nominees show the kind of exemplary courage, tenacity and integrity that the Gishes demonstrated in their rigorous pursuit of rural journalism. Documentation does not have to accompany the nomination, but is helpful in choosing finalists, and additional documentation may be requested or required.

Al Cross
Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
122 Grehan Journalism Building, University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0042

Joplin Globe has ‘Reporter of Year’

July 6, 2010

Joplin Globe reporter Wally Kennedy has been named reporter of the year by Community Newspaper Holdings
Inc. in the company’s Best of CNHI editorial contest.
Kennedy received his award based on a collection of work from 2009. His entries included a story about a Cherokee County, Kan., turkey farmer who faced financial ruin after losing a production contract; the struggle of a Joplin man who is seeking recognition for America’s atomic veterans of World War II; and a critical look at the lack of communication within the Tulsa, Okla., and Springfield forecast offices of the National Weather Service in connection with the May 10, 2008, tornado.
Individual winners in the CNHI competition receive a plaque and a $400 prize.
Kennedy, a Joplin native, is a 1975 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. He began working at The Globe in 1976 as a beat and police reporter.
In addition to his regular reporting duties, Kennedy writes a weekly column, “Watching Range Line,” and a business blog for
Kennedy is active in Joplin Helps Haiti, which is coordinating relief for earthquake victims in Haiti. Recently
at Missouri Southern State University, Faces of Haiti, a post earthquake photo essay by Kennedy, was shown in connection with Hope for Haiti Day.
Also winning a CNHI award was a series of stories written by Globe reporters Derek Spellman and Greg Grisolano on unrest at Missouri Southern State University. It was a finalist for the public service award.
The Globe’s website was a finalist in the website-of-the-year category.

Past general manager of Suburban Journals is News-Leader editor

July 6, 2010

David Stoeffler has been named executive editor of the News-Leader Media Group in Springfield.
A native of Wisconsin, Stoeffler has been a publisher, general manager or top editor at several publications, including the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, the Arizona Daily Star, the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star and La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune.
Recently he has operated a consulting business, and he has been a frequent speaker at industry events throughout the U.S.
As general manager of the Suburban Journals, Stoeffler was the top executive of a 400-employee company with 40 publications at the time, including 33 free weeklies plus specialty publications.
Stoeffler spent part of May in Egypt teaching newspaper leadership and management at Cairo University. He started work in Springfield on May 24. He has a long history of community involvement and plans to write a column and a blog.

James Steele of Fayette Elected President of CMU Alumni Association Board

February 9, 2009

FAYETTE, Mo. – Newspaper publisher James H. (Jim) Steele of Fayette, Mo., has been elected president of the Central Methodist University Alumni Association Board of Directors and Judith (Judy) Engel Rethwisch of Fenton, Mo., a retired high school drama teacher, has been elected vice-president.

Steele succeeds Ginger King Luetkemeyer of Jefferson City, a 1993 CMU graduate, who had served as president since 2007. The election was held in Fayette during the late January meeting of the association’s Board of Directors and officially ratified Feb. 4, announced Tracy Crowe Jones, CMU director of alumni relations. Steele and Rethwisch will serve two-year terms.

The CMU Alumni Association (originally called the Alumni Society) was organized in June of 1875 (Central was founded in 1854). It currently has more than 14,000 members. Twenty-one members serve on the board of directors.

Steele has been active with the association, serving on the board for more than six years, most recently as vice president. Currently the owner, publisher and editor of the Fayette Advertiser and Democrat-Leader, he has had a long career in the field of communications, including experience in public relations, broadcast and print journalism. A native of St. Louis, Steele earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Central Methodist College (now CMU) in 1964 and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1966, and undertook additional graduate work at MU. He was honored by CMU in 1991 with a Distinguished Alumni Award. In late 2000 Steele purchased the Fayette newspapers from the late H. Denny Davis and has operated them since that time. He also writes and voices a five-minute Howard County news report which airs four times each weekday morning on Boonville Radio KWRT, 1370AM.

Rethwisch retired in 2000 after 35 years of teaching speech, drama, acting, technical design, creative film and television in public schools, primarily in Affton, Mo. (St. Louis County). She continues to be the fine arts coordinator at Affton High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech from Central Methodist College (CMU) in 1965. After graduation she taught at Glasgow High School for one year then took a job teaching speech and drama at Affton. She was honored by CMU in 2006 with a Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1983 she received her master’s degree in theater from Lindenwood University and has continued her education with numerous in-services and workshop courses.

Founded in 1854, Central Methodist is the only United Methodist Church-related university in Missouri, and welcomes qualified men and women of all faiths and from diverse backgrounds. Its wooded, historic campus hosts a faculty of teachers, mentors, and scholars dedicated to providing extraordinary attention to the individual learner. With offerings ranging from high-school dual credit to graduate studies and a total enrollment of more than 4,000, its liberal arts and pre-professional programs are centered on a character core that has twice brought Central Methodist national recognition for its leadership in character education. In recent years the University has attracted significant challenge grants from the national Kresge and Mabee Foundations to help build a $15 million Student and Community Center on the academic quadrangle and to fund $5 million in major upgrades to its athletic facilities. — 30 —

Veterans organization honors journalists from Sedalia, Boonville

January 6, 2009

Two Missouri journalists received first-place national awards in September for their efforts to highlight veterans.
The national organization of the 40&8 held its 89th convention in Orlando with more than 500 delegates present. Newspapers from across the country submitted 59 entries in the awards competition.
For the third consecutive year, Latisha Koetting of The Sedalia Democrat took first place in daily newspapers for cities under 40,000 population.
Theresa Krebs, editor of BDN (Boonville Daily News), took first place for towns under 12,000 population.