Missouri Press Bulletin 10 15 2015 E Edition Page 1

Registration forms for coming MPA activities can be found at mopress.com/current_forms.php. No. 1318 - 15 October, 2015 ! 2015 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Who can participate in this contest? The contest is open to all students enrolled in any Missouri public or private middle school and high school. How are entries to be submitted? Each local newspaper can establish if entries are to be emailed, mailed or hand delivered. Who will judge this contest? Local newspapers will first determine the local winners of both the middle school and high school categories* and send to dcrews@socket.net at the MPA office. The MPA will then determine the statewide winners. What is the prize for the statewide winners of both the middle and high school categories? The statewide prize will include $500, a tour of the MU School of Journalism and the MPA Office, and a dinner for the students and their parents with the leadership of AT&T, the MPA and their local newspaper publisher. Contest Schedule: September 11, 2015 AT&T Missouri President John Sondag announces 3 rd annual contest at Missouri Press Association (MPA) Convention September 19, 2015 Contest begins on It Can Wait National Day of Action Announced by local newspapers in paper and/or directly with schools October 19, 2015 Contest ends at the local level Local winners announced by local newspapers and forwarded to MPA Office October 26, 2015 Contest ends at statewide level with local winners sent to MPA Deadline for local newspapers to send winners' submissions to MPA Office November 2, 2015 Contest ends with final statewide winner announced Missouri Press Association It Can Wait Editorial Contest nd delivered. The National Safety Council estimates that texting while driving is involved in 200,000+ vehicle crashes each year, often causing injuries and deaths and new research shows that as many as 7-in-10 people may engage in smartphone activities while driving. However, there is an opportunity to change this behavior. Ninety percent of teen drivers say they would stop if a friend in the car asked them and 78 percent say that they are likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it is wrong. The Missouri Press Association (MPA), local newspapers and AT&T will sponsor and challenge Missouri middle school and high school students across the state to write an editorial or opinion column highlighting the dangers of engaging in smartphone activities while driving and encouraging their peers to take the It Can Wait pledge. Write an editorial or opinion column about the dangers of smartphone driving distractions The piece will answer the question, "Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone?" The piece will highlight the dangers of engaging in smartphone activities like texting, using social media and taking pictures while driving. The piece must include the following call to action, Take the pledge to keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone at ItCanWait.com. *Local Newspapers may set their own prizes for local winners if they so choose. Local winning entries may be published by local newspapers and the statewide winning entry will be made available to member papers to publish at their discretion.

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