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Mtn. View publisher featured in Pub Aux

May 5, 2008

Tianna Brooks and the Mountain View Standard News were the focus of a feature story in the April issue of Publishers’ Auxiliary, a publication of the National Newspaper Association.
Brooks’ family bought the Howell County weekly in 2001 and put Tianna, 28, in charge in 2003.
Brooks’ background is as a teacher. She taught fifth and sixth grade language arts before taking on the newspaper and worked with her father in real estate.
Brooks’ two brothers each operates a business, one a heating and air conditioning firm, the other a carpet company. Those two companies and the newspaper are housed in a family-owned building.
“I have developed a great respect for journalism and the newspaper’s watchdog role,” Brooks told Publishers’ Auxiliary.
She has learned by doing and by attending training programs sponsored by the National Newspaper Association and Missouri Press Association. She went on the NNA On the Road tour of Missouri newspapers in 2005.
Missouri Press inspired her to begin a Newspapers In Education program, and she appreciates MPA’s legal hotline. Whenever she gets bogged down she just heads off to an MPA meeting to get a new dose of education and inspiration, she said.
Brooks was elected president of Ozark Press Association at that group’s March 28 annual meeting in Point Lookout.


First Lady Laura Bush Designates Arrow Rock a Preserve America Community

April 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Arrow Rock, Mo., was recently honored when First Lady Laura Bush, honorary chair of the Preserve America initiative, designated the village as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Communities. Arrow Rock joins nine other Missouri Preserve communities:  Cape Girardeau, Fredericktown,Independence, Jefferson City, Liberty, St. Charles, Soulard (St. Louis), Ste. Genevieve and Weston.  600 communities have been named nationwide.

Arrow Rock is home to the Missouri Press Association’s Newspaper Print Shop Museum.

“Preserve America Communities demonstrate that they are committed to preserving America’s heritage while ensuring a future filled with opportunities for learning and enjoyment,” Mrs. Bush said. “This community designation program, combined with the Preserve America Grant Program, Preserve America Presidential Awards, and other federal support, provides strong incentives for continued preservation of our cultural and natural heritage resources. I commend you for your commitment to preserving an important part of our nation’s historic past for visitors, neighbors, and, most importantly, for children.”

Ken Blair, chairman of Arrow Rock’s Board of Trustees received a letter dated March 27, 2008, and will receive a certificate of designation signed by Mrs. Bush announcing Arrow Rock is now a Preserve America Community. Communities designated through the program receive national recognition for their efforts. Benefits include the right to use the Preserve America logo on signs and promotional materials; eligibility for Preserve America Grants; notification to state tourism offices; and listing in a Web-based directory that showcases Arrow Rock’s preservation efforts and heritage tourism destinations. Preserve America Communities are also featured in National Register Travel Itineraries and in “Teaching With Historic Places” curricular materials created by the National Park Service.

In 2006, Preserve America Grants totaling nearly $5 million were awarded to 68 projects around the country. In 2007, $4.9 million was awarded to 72 projects. In 2008, $10 million is available. Grants of $20,000 to $150,000 are awarded on a competitive, matching fund basis to help communities develop sustainable management strategies and sound business practices for the continued preservation and use of their heritage assets. The grants support research, planning, marketing, interpretation, and training efforts.

The Preserve America initiative is an Administration effort to encourage and support community efforts to preserve and enjoy America’s priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the nation’s past; strengthened regional identities and local pride; increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets; and support for the economic vitality of our communities.

“Sustainable historic preservation is a wise investment in the future, not a cost for maintaining the past. Communities and the nation receive significant economic, educational, and cultural benefits, including heritage tourism, in return for their preservation efforts,” said John L. Nau, III, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, which administers Preserve America programs for the White House in cooperation with the Department of the Interior.

The White House is working with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Transportation, the General Services Administration, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to implement Preserve America. For more information about the initiative and its programs, visit

The entire village of Arrow Rock has been designated a National Historic Landmark recognizing its association with Westward Expansion, the Santa Fe Trial and artist George Caleb Bingham. Arrow Rock is located in central Missouri, 14 miles north of I-70 on Hwy. 41 at Exit 98. In 2006, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Arrow Rock one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations. For a calendar of events and information on tram tours, State Historic Site Museum and Park, camping, dining, shopping, B & B lodging and the award-winning Lyceum Theatre, go to

Oldfield to celebrate birthday, New Year

December 27, 2007

2006 Missouri Press Association President Steve Oldfield’s birthday anniversary is this Tuesday, January 1st.

You may send him a card or note at the following:

Steve Oldfield
P.O. Box 128
Adrian, MO 64720

His email address is:

Sunshine, shield on legislative agenda

December 13, 2007

Revenue Dept. rules newspapers should not have to pay taxes on delivery costs 

By MPA President David Bradley
St. Joseph News-Press
My term as president of Missouri Press Association has passed by in a flash. Yes, the official duties took a little time, but the enjoyment of carrying them out far outweighed the work.
The MPA staff has done a great job of keeping me on task. The group, particularly event director Kristie Williams, made the annual MPA Convention in St. Louis the highlight of my year. Next year’s convention in Columbia will be huge joining with the 100th anniversary celebration of the Missouri School of Journalism.
Jack Whitaker of Hannibal will fill the presidential role in January. Jack has been on the
MPA Board for several years and helped push our state’s newspaper industry into the digital age. He has also built a financially viable community website and, at the same time, increased his print circulation. That’s impressive.
In November, University of Missouri Interim President Gordon Lamb hosted an MPA luncheon at the president’s residence on the Columbia campus. Dr. Lamb presented a $38 million proposal to increase the number of health care professionals for Missouri. He said the state is facing a growing shortage of pharmacists, nurses, dentists and doctors in rural and low-income urban areas.
Dr. Lamb said all Missouri colleges and universities are working together to come up with a funding formula for the schools. He is going on a statewide “University Unity
Tour” with other higher education institutions to make their case for funding from the legislature.
The MPA is also gearing up for some important legislative initiatives in 2008. With the help of MPA counselor Jean Maneke, we will try to button up some loopholes in
Missouri’s Sunshine Law. We also will try again to push through a Free Flow of Information bill, known as a shield law, to protect reporters and editors (and their sources) who are investigating misdeeds.
Also in Jefferson City, the Missouri Department of Revenue issued a private letter ruling that could provide many Missouri newspapers relief on their sales tax burden. The letter,
issued to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ruled that the newspaper shouldn’t have to pay sales tax on its delivery costs to newspaper customers.
MPA played an important role in facilitating face-to-face meetings between the department and publishers from the Post-Dispatch and The Kansas City Star.
Before you stop paying this tax, you will need a departmental ruling addressed to your own newspaper. But at least the template has been created for your paper to qualify for such an exemption.
On another matter, your MPA Board reluctantly approved a 25 percent dues increase
for 2008 to fund a statewide newspaper website for public notices and other legal advertising. We hope to reassure legislators that Missouri newspapers will make sure this type of advertising adequately reaches the public in print and online. This is the
first dues increase since 2001.
We were surprised to hear that Gary and Helen Sosniecki have sold The Vandalia Leader and are taking time off for a well-deserved rest. They have been superb MPA board members, and Gary headed the association in 2004. Gary assures me that they will be back after the first of the year looking for newspaper work. “And if we can’t find anything, we may be buying a paper,” he hinted.
Finally, we were glad to see one positive article about our industry in the Oct. 29 issue of Advertising Age headlined “Stop writing those obituaries for the newspaper industry.” Marc Brownstein of the Brownstein Group in Philadelphia said that “innovation and a keen sense of competition will win the day for newspapers.”
MPA knows that is top priority, too. So keep telling us how we can help.

Shelbina Weekly applies for active MPA membership

December 12, 2007

The Shelbina Weekly has applied to become an Active Member of Missouri Press Association. The Shelbina Weekly is published by Thad and Mark Requet, P.O. Box 348, Shelbina, MO 63468,
Active Members of Missouri Press are entitled to all the benefits of MPA. Membership is subject to approval by the MPA Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors considers applications for membership at its next meeting after an application has been printed in three issues of the Bulletin. The next meeting of the Board will be Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008.
Any MPA member with comments about applications should direct them to the MPA office in Columbia.

Sosnieckis sell Vandalia Leader

October 21, 2007

The Vandalia Leader has been sold by Helen and Gary Sosniecki to Lakeway Publishers of Missouri Inc., owned by the Jack Fishman family of Morristown, Tenn.
Lakeway owns eight other newspapers in east-central Missouri: The Bowling Green Times, The Louisiana Press-Journal, the Troy Free Press, The Elsberry Democrat, Hermann Advertiser-Courier, the New Haven Leader, The Lincoln County Journal and the Centralia Fireside Guard. They also publish several newspapers in eastern and middle Tennessee and several specialty magazines, and operate other businesses.
Fishman is a former president of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) who currently serves on the national board of The Associated Press.
The sale was announced Oct. 17 by the Sosnieckis, partners in Leader Media LLC, which has owned the 133-year-old Leader since Sept. 1, 2003, and by Lakeway. The sale was expected to close Nov. 1. The last issue of The Leader published by the Sosnieckis was Oct. 31.
Lakeway also owns Press Journal Printing in Louisiana, where The Leader has been printed since 1970.
Ron Schott has been named general manager and editor of The Leader. Walt Gilbert, publisher of Lakeway’s Missouri newspapers, will serve as publisher.
The Sosnieckis previously owned weekly newspapers in Humansville and Seymour. They bought The Leader after serving as editors and publishers of The Lebanon Daily Record.
Gary Sosniecki served as president of the Missouri Press Association in 2004 and continues on the board of the Missouri Press Service.
Helen Sosniecki is completing her second year as the MPA’s representative to the National Newspaper Association.
Gilbert, the new publisher in Vandalia, has more than 38 years of experience in the weekly-
newspaper business.