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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.


Former Monroe Countians meet in Germany

August 2, 2010

Chat over recent issue of Appeal
Two former Monroe County men met in Germany June 29 when Dean Sharp helped brief U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Blair Hansen in Ramstein.
Sharp, formerly of Holliday and a retired Air Force officer, is a civilian defense department employee in Europe.
Hansen, a native of Independence and a 1977 graduate of the University of Missouri, was editor of the Monroe County Appeal in 1979.
Gen. Hansen saw Sharp’s University of Missouri coffee cup and wanted to know where he was from. Sharp told him he grew up in Holliday. Gen. Hansen told Sharp he knew the area well.
“I spent a year as editor of the Monroe County Appeal,” Hansen said. “It was one of the first jobs I had out of college.”
Sharp produced a copy of the most recent Appeal.
“The general got a big kick out of seeing the Appeal,” Sharp said. “I had him autograph it.” (From The Appeal.)

Editors and journalism educators to start new conversation about journalism ethics and values

November 11, 2009

ASNE Ethics and Values Forum – Public Trust Through Public Engagement Nov. 16-17 at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Open to the public. Attend via livestream – register for reminder.
Presenters: Jim Brady, Steve Buttry, Jerry Ceppos, Chris Cobler, Jarvis DeBerry, Kelly McBride, Michele McLellan, Michael Skoler, Bob Steele, Jane Stevens, Esther Thorson, Lee Wilkins 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Mike Fancher will convene a select group of editors and journalism educators. The aim is to build public trust through public engagement. This forum is a collaboration between RJI and the ethics and values committee of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), which Fancher chairs.
Topics to be explored: Differences in how citizens and journalists view journalism values When anyone can be a publisher, what distinguishes a journalist? New ways of partnering with the public “Surveys show the public doesn’t trust today’s journalists to get the facts right, to own up to their mistakes, to avoid political bias or to treat all sides fairly,” says Fancher, citing findings from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
“The potential consequences of this lack of public confidence in journalism are dire.” Fancher points out that journalism needs to be trustworthy in order to be relevant, valuable or necessary, especially now, when technology enables the public to rely less on journalists as fact-finders, gatekeepers and truth-tellers. “Ironically, the same technology is giving journalists new ways to create the bond of trust and respect that is essential to a free press,” says Fancher. “What is needed is a new ethic of public trust through public engagement.”
For more information contact: Kelly Peery, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute,; (573) 882-9650

Obit – Angus McDougall

August 24, 2009

Angus W. “Mac” McDougall a legendary force in photojournalism, editing and education died in Columbia, Mo., Thursday, August 20, 2009. He was 92.

Mac set standards of excellence in photography, photo editing and photojournalism education. As a Milwaukee Journal photographer, he was an innovator in the use of high-speed strobe technology and in using multiple pictures to tell stories. He tested his theories of visual communication and formed many of his principles of picture editing as associate editor of International Harvester World, a Chicago-based corporate magazine. He co-authored the definitive picture-editing book, “Visual Impact in Print,” and “Picture Editing and Layout.” His other book, “A Photo Journal,” is a rich chronicle of his newspaper photography from the 1940s and 50s. His most recent book, “Pacesetters in Journalism”, was published just last year, a retirement project shared with former student John Dengler. As professor McDougall taught hundreds of students during his ten years as head of the Missouri School of Journalism Photojournalism Sequence and director of the Pictures of the Year competition. He pressed his photo students to become adept in all aspects of journalism, especially visual reporting, writing, design and management so they would have the credibility to cause change in newsroom thinking. Many of his students moved into leadership roles in the nation’s metropolitan newspapers. Mac’s emphasis on meaningful photography in lock step with supportive words and presented with impact is his legacy.

Born in Milwaukee, Wi., to Archibald and Meta McDougall, he grew up in Waukesha, Wi.,  where he attended high school and then Carroll College and married his high school sweetheart, Betty.  With a Master’s in English, he taught high school for two years before pursuing his dream to work as a photographer. After a year’s course in New York he showed his portfolio to Stan Kalish at the Milwaukee Journal, looking for a critique. He was hired on the spot. The Journal was a center of synergy between technology and creating a new visual content for newspapers. Mac’s “experiments” with the just-invented electronic strobes were published in the newspaper and many national photography magazines.

He was named Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1955 in the Pictures of the Year (POY) competition and left the Journal to join International Harvester in Chicago as a photographer and photo editor. He brought a strong editorial approach to the corporate environment. With his contemporary from IH, Gerald Hurley wrote Visual Impact in Print, which after more than 30 years is still considered a primary reference work for picture editing and use. He was named Picture Editor of the Year in the 1965 Pictures of the Year competition. He served on the prestigious faculty of the Missouri Photo Workshop for at least 20 workshops, guiding students in the principals of documentary photography applied to everyday life in small Missouri towns.

When Clifton Edom retired from the teaching photojournalism at the University of Missouri, he handed the reins of the program to Mac. From 1972 to 1982 Mac preached a comprehensive approach to his students, believing that they had to be adept at all aspects of journalism: visual reporting, writing, design and management. He encouraged his best students to go to small newspapers where they could immediately exert tremendous influence. When the work of these young picture editors was rewarded in contest after contest, they “moved up” and were hired into the nation’s metropolitan newspapers. Former student and current faculty member Rita Reed says of Mac, “He possessed a great passion for photojournalism and commitment to excellence that when combined with his ability and eagerness to connect deeply with his students made learning infectious and exciting. He is the greatest evangelist for photojournalism I have ever met.”

He was professor emeritus from the University of Missouri and received numerous accolades during his career, including, the National Press Photographers Association’s Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award and the Robert F. Garland Educator Award, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his daughter Bonnie and her husband John Latimer of Elgin, Ill., and son Angus Craig McDougall and his wife, Kathleen, of Louisville, Ky., four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Another daughter, Lorna, died earlier. A private service was held earlier. His wife and life partner of 70 years, Betty, died in February of this year.

In 2008 Mac and Betty made substantial gift to the Missouri School of Journalism, which established The Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies. Their desire was to preserve the work of photojournalists for research and educational use.

The family requests that memorials be made to the McDougall Center at the Missouri School of Journalism. Checks may be made payable to the McDougall Center, School of Journalism, 103 Neff Hall, Columbia, Mo., 65211. For other methods of contributing, contacting the Office of Development 573-882-0334.

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 —

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.

Obit – David Lendt

May 6, 2008

David L. Lendt, 71, Columbia, director of university relations for the University of Missouri System from 1989 until his retirement in 2000, died April 15, 2008, of acute myelogenous leukemia.
Mr. Lendt was a good friend of Missouri Press Association and attended many of its functions. For the University he served as chair of the Public Relations Council, comprised of the chief public information officers from each of the campuses and University Extension.
Mr. Lendt is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Alice; two daughters,
a son, four grandchildren and a sister.