2017 Events
Missouri Professional Communicators welcomes members of the St. Louis Artists' Guild, as well as others in the community interested in the fields of communication represented by its featured speakers. Although programs are usually free, some events may bear individual fees. Membership in MPC is not required to attend events. However, persons entering MPC/NFPW's annual Communications Contest must be members. (Download the 2016 Membership Form.)

Spring Connect Luncheon and Contest Awards
46 Years on Deadline:
The Growing Conflict Between Journalism and Social Media

Speaker: Veteran newscaster Betsey Bruce


The stellar television journalism career of broadcaster Betsey Bruce allows a unique perspective on major changes during that time, including the difficulty of news consumers to separate basic news from opinion and the impact social media has on journalism.
Bruce’s career began at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Most recently a reporter and anchor at KTVI (Fox 2) and KPLR (News 11), she retired in December.

When: 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017
Where: 12 N. Jackson Avenue at Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton
Menu: soup, salad bar, baked potato bar, desserts and surprises
Price: $30 students, $35 for Artists’ Guild and MPC members, $40 general public
RSVP: By Friday, April 14. Please send check (made out to “MPC-NFPW”) to:
MPC Luncheon, Janice Denham, 528 Pamela Lane, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Information: email or phone 314-471-3966

2017 Communications Contest awards will be the day’s program finale.

For more information contact:
Janice Denham, President


FEBRUARY EVENT! Professional Workshop

Saturday, February 4 from 9 a.m. - Noon.


Make plans to attend our professional workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 4. The program, in conjunction with the St. Louis Press Club, includes social media expert Richard Gavatin, who will talk about best practices to market yourself through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

When: 9 a.m. - Noon. Saturday, February 4, 2017
Where: St. Louis Artists' Guild, 12 N. Jackson, Clayton, Mo.
Cost: $10 for three-hour workshop and light refreshments

Decades of Muny to Show
Speaker: Laura Peters, director of archives at The Muny


Approaching its 100th anniversary in 2019, The Muny connects a live, breathing theater legacy with its past. Laura Peters switched hats in 2013 from marketing director to director of archives, a newly-created position. She and 20 volunteer archivists are diving into three rooms of collections to organize and digitize treasures into a cavalcade of stars and stories available to the public. Artifacts and history in hand, the native St. Louisan shares The Muny’s process of deciding if a season leftover should be preserved as a prop for its legend. Her first job was at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, then designed local and regional publicity and promotions for 18 national major film studios while employed by Kerlick, Switzer and Johnson Entertainment. You already know the marketer’s jingle: “Meet Me at The Muny.” Come meet her.

When: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016
Where: 12 N. Jackson Avenue at Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton
Details: Free of charge; donations welcome. Light refreshments.
RSVP: by Thursday, Dec. 1, at or phone 314-471-3966.
Free Parking: Washington University lot just ó block north of Forsyth on west side of
Children’s Book Collection: In a holiday spirit of giving, MPC and St. Louis Artists’ Guild are collecting new and slightly used books. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 10.

No Laughing Matter: Dan Martin on Political Cartooning


What: No Laughing Matter: Dan Martin on Political Cartooning
When: Oct. 1, 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: St. Louis Artists' Guild, 12 N. Jackson, Clayton, Mo.
RSVP: or call (314) 471-3966.

At our next meeting, meet cartoonist Dan Martin and learn about St. Louis' strong cartooning history.

Martin joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1980. For 30 years he's drawn the paper's iconic Weatherbird. He also does his weekly editorial page cartoon, “Postcard From Mound City,” in which he lampoons unique St. Louis foibles and cultural eccentricities.

He wrote the book See You in the Funny Papers: The Rich Tradition of St. Louis Cartooning, published in 2008, which chronicled many famous cartoonists with St. Louis ties from Mort Walker ("Beetle Bailey") to Mike Peters ("Mother Goose and Grim").

There's no charge to attend the meeting, so invite your colleagues and friends! Light refreshments will be served (donations appreciated).

May 14, 2016. Spring Connect Luncheon — Feasting on Media Growth

Catherine Neville
Vice President, Niche Publishing
Feast Magazine | Ladue News


Make plans to attend our annual Spring Connect Luncheon! You’ll hear one of local media’s best: Catherine Neville, vice president of Niche Publishing and founder of the popular Feast brand. You’ll also help celebrate the winners and participants in MPC’s 2016 Communications Contest, who will be announced at the event.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016
Where: St. Louis Artists' Guild, 12 N. Jackson Ave. (at Forsyth), Clayton, MO 63105 (Entrance is on east side of Jackson at corner of Forsyth. Look for bright green sign with “12” at entrance.)
Cost: $30 MPC members, Artists’ Guild members and students; $35 general public
RSVP: Please send check (payable to MPC-NFPW) by Thursday, May 5, to:
Janice Denham, 
528 Pamela Lane, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Parking: Free parking on Washington University lot, just ½ block north of Forsyth, on west side of Jackson
More info: Email or call 314-471-3966.

March 19, 2016. Program — The Future of Print

Co-sponsored by the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis

• Deborah Reinhardt, managing editor of AAA Missouri magazines and book author
• Don Corrigan, editor-in-chief, Times newspapers


Print has undergone a great deal of change in recent years, but is it time for reporters, photographers, writers and editors to pack up their notepads and cameras and head home? Get the scoop about newspapers and magazines from two communications professionals who know firsthand what’s going on in the print world. They will discuss the current climate and future scenarios for print.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016
Where: 12 North Jackson Avenue (at Forsyth Boulevard), Clayton, MO 63105. (Enter on Jackson Avenue.)
Co-Sponsor: The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis
Details: FREE! Donations welcome.
RSVP: By Thursday, March 17.
mpcnfpw@gmail.comor call 314-471-3966.

More about the speakers:
Don Corrigan
is editor-in-chief and co-publisher of two suburban weeklies in the St. Louis area, Webster-Kirkwood Times and South County Times, as well as the biweekly, The West End Word. He also serves as a professor of journalism at Webster University. He has produced award-winning outdoor and environmental books and articles. Corrigan’s thoughts on the viability of print newspapers were recently included as a chapter entitled, “Print Lives: Community Newspapers,” in the book, Media Literacy, by Art Silverblatt, professor at Webster University.

Deborah Reinhardt has worked as a travel writer and editor for more than 30 years. She started with newspapers before moving to AAA Missouri, where she works as managing editor of AAA Midwest Traveler and AAA Southern Traveler magazines. The association publications have a combined circulation of more than 900,000 households in seven states. Reinhardt recently spoke on the topic, “Print is Not Dead,” at the Travel & Tourism Research Association’s Central States Chapter conference in Branson. She will teach two sessions in April 2016 at the annual Missouri Writers Guild conference in Kansas City, and has been a guest speaker for the Missouri Division of Tourism and the Missouri Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus. In February 2016, she released her second book, Delectable Destinations: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Missouri.

February 13, 2016. Program — The Legal Side of Creativity with Attorney Mark Sableman, partner with Thompson Coburn LLP
Attorney Mark Sableman will discuss how communicators and other creators of original material can use today's multimedia offerings while protecting themselves from unfair practices. Topics include:

• Copyright law. Do copyrights work amid a seemingly endless array of pop-up authors, artists and photographers posting on the Internet?

• Intellectual property ownership. What areas of intellectual property, media and information technology law seem to suffer the most infringement today?

• Effect of social media. What effect has social media had on communications in recent years?

Bring your own questions!

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016

Where: 12 North Jackson Avenue (at Forsyth Boulevard), Clayton, MO 63105. (Entry on North Jackson)

Details: FREE! Donations welcome.

RSVP: By Thursday, February 11.

Email or call 314-471-3966.

More about the speaker: Mark Sableman’s practice focuses on facilitating clients’ communications, in media, marketing and business. In legal terms, he concentrates in intellectual property, media, and information technology law. He is a trial lawyer, but he recognizes that most cases are resolved out of the courtroom and directs his practice toward effective and speedy procedures for resolving disputes. Mark has written one book, More Speech, Not Less: Communications Law in the Information Age, as well as numerous law review articles and book chapters. His article on Internet linking law won the International Trademark Association’s Ladas Award; his article on artistic expression won a Burton Award for Legal Achievement. Mark has also taught Internet Law, and Censorship and Free Expression, at Washington University School of Law. He has been listed since 1995 in The Best Lawyers in America®.

January 18, 2016. Annual Communications Contest deadline
What: MPC's Communications Contest is held annually in conjunction with the National Federation of Press Women's (NFPW) national competition. Winners of the 2016 Missouri contest will be announced May 14, 2016, at MPC's Spring Connect Luncheon in St. Louis. First-place winners in the Missouri contest move up into the NFPW national competition. National winners will be announced at the 2016 NFPW Communications Conference, to be held September 8-10, 2016, in Wichita, Kansas.

Who's eligible: Contest entrants MUST be members of MPC/NFPW. If you are not a member but want to enter the contest, download the 2016 Membership Form. Follow the instructions to submit required information and payment before submitting your contest entry.

Entry timeframe: Entries must have been published, e-published, broadcast or issued between January 1 and December 31, 2015.

Online entry deadline: Monday, January 18, 2016

Contest categories: Numerous contest categories include print, online, radio, TV, photography, education, public relations, etc., plus books and short stories. Once you enter the state contest, MPC takes care of judging, which usually includes evaluation of your entry by a current or retired professional in the field, plus forwarding first-place entries to the national competition without further fee. Submissions in the same category by the same individual are allowed, but the judge may award only one first-place.

Entry fees: The first entry costs $25, additional entries from the same contestant cost $15 each. Payment is made online.

How to submit entries:

  1. Gather all material you wish to enter before starting. File it in a separate folder on your own computer (marked 2016 CONTEST) to make it easier to find and submit.

  2. To submit your entry through the NFPW website, go online to the "2016 NFPW State Affiliate Contests" page. Read this information before continuing.

  3. In the top left corner Login box on the "2016 NFPW State Affiliate Contests" page, click on the white REGISTER link (middle of box) to begin the entry process. Enter your email address in provided field. Then SUBMIT.

  4. Fill out or update the ENTRANT FORM. Create a simple Username and Password at the end. Write these down so you can return any time and complete tasks. The information appears every time you submit an entry.

  5. Enter your work. Be sure to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE every page as you move forward. Those submitting a hard-copy entry still must fill out the entry form online and indicate payment.

  6. The "Status" column reminds you whether something (such as a one-page statement) is still needed for each entry.

Judging: Although judges are not required to offer comments about your work, they generally do offer helpful feedback for the item being judged. State contest administrators attempt to provide a broad range of judges for multiple entries in same or similar categories from the same member.

MPC Contest Chair: Janice Denham is chair of the 2016 Communications Contest in Missouri. For more information, contact her at 314-965-1079 or by email:

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