Rust Communications names regional vice-presidents

Posted September 1, 2010 by mopressservice
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Cape Girardeau, Mo. — Rust Communications has elevated three of its veteran group publishers to roles as regional vice-presidents, working with Rust newspaper publishers in different regions of the country.

Ron Kemp, based in Arkansas, has added the responsibilities of papers in southwest Missouri, central Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Idaho. Bud Hunt, based in southeast Missouri, has added responsibilities there as well as in western Tennessee. Randy List, based in Indiana, has added responsibilities in central Tennessee and Iowa.

The announcement was made August 31 by Rust Communications co-presidents Rex Rust and Jon K. Rust.

“The secret to our company’s success has long been excellent publishers who are committed to their communities,” said Jon K. Rust. “Maintaining the special culture here – hardworking, respectful, faithful, fun, innovative, familial and open – was vital to us in determining our management structure for the future.”

“We have great confidence in Ron, Bud and Randy,” said Rex Rust. “We look forward to them taking expanded leadership roles throughout Rust. This is a management transition, which we developed over the past year, but sadly implemented earlier than planned.”

Former chief operating officer Wally Lage died unexpectedly in August.

Rust Communications is a family-owned media company with 19 daily and more than 30 weekly newspapers in eight states. Besides newspapers and related web sites, the company publishes numerous niche magazines, operates commercial printing operations and is partial owner of 17 radio stations. The new positions of regional vice-president will report directly to the co-presidents. Gary W. Rust is chairman of the board.


New Missouri newspaper vending rules take affect

Posted August 18, 2010 by mopressservice
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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

Posted August 12, 2010 by mopressservice
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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

Posted August 11, 2010 by mopressservice
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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

Posted August 11, 2010 by mopressservice
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for 2010 is October 3-9. Make a note!

NAM annual election of officers

Posted August 11, 2010 by mopressservice
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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

Posted August 4, 2010 by mopressservice
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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.