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Support the Future of Media
When you give to the Press Club you are helping to insure the future of quality local media. Our mission is to serve as a primary resource for the journalism and communications industry. Our goals are to advance understanding of the mass communications discipline, promote scholarship and professional excellence, facilitate communication between mass communicators and their respective publics and promote awareness of significant issues facing the mass communications field throughout the community.
The St. Louis Press Club needs your support to continue funding these important programs:
Scholarships and Paid Internships
Since 1972, The St. Louis Press Club has given over half a million dollars in scholarships to students aspiring to careers in media related fields. That’s over 250 people in the last 45 years!
Enterprise Journalism Grants
In 2009, The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis established a fund to spur enterprise reporting in our region. The organization offers awards of up to $10,000 to journalists who propose stories that will shine a light on an under-reported topic in our region.
St. Louis Media Archives
Recognizing the importance and research value of the local media and its history, the St. Louis Public Library has served as the repository for the Press Club collections since 1988. The Press Club has remained generous to the Media Archives with funding and voulenteer support and collecting, organizing, and preserving of the collection.
Ways to Give
Year-end and Charitable Giving
Please consider a donation to the St. Louis Press Club as a charitable gift or for your year-end charitable giving. Often charitable donations can be asked for in lieu of flowers for funerals or gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations. Surprise a loved one with the gift of a Press Club membership.
Year-end giving is often an important time of the year, and choosing the best place to donate to can be difficult. It is only because of our loyal and dedicated members that year after year the Press Club is able to continue giving scholarships to many deserving and often underserved students.
The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis Charitable Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and your donation is 100% tax deductible. All donations are acknowledged with a letter containing our federal tax ID and W-9s are provided upon request.
If your employer has a matching gift program, your donation could mean twice as much.
Pay Your Dues
This may seem like a no-brainer, but paying your dues on time is the best way to support The St. Louis Press Club. We rely on our members to make their annual dues payments, as this is the backbone for everything that we do. Our members are professionals, who are interested in their work and community.
Press Club has a lot to offer our members. We are a true “umbrella” organization for those in the communications professions. Stay on top of issues, trends and techniques—while gaining valuable networking opportunities. Other benefits include access to our comprehensive Media and Community Resource Guide, a guide to the region’s media, newsmakers and communication businesses, our Membership Directory, and our monthly “Courier” newsletter, which highlights club activities. Social activities for members and guests have included lectures, Press Club at the Gatesworth speaker series, concerts, movie nights, tours of new attractions, sporting events and after-work events at various places.
Attending our events is the easiest and most enjoyable way to support the Press Club. We have entertaining, worthwhile events like the Media Persons of the Year Gala, Beauty Buzz, and the Annual Meeting.
Initiated in 1988, The MPOY Gala is the biggest Press Club event of the year and has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships, internships and other worthy causes. The “Media Person of the Year” Award recognizes distinguished men and women from the St. Louis media whose exemplary performance has established standards of professional conduct and accomplishment. Today, the gala draws hundreds of people -- from the movers and shakers of St. Louis, to everyday citizens -- with a special affinity for the media professional(s) being honored. The event has gained the reputation of being a memorable evening of entertainment, with the honorees graciously accepting their “roasting” by prominent personalities and friends.
Beauty Buzz is a close second, and is both fun and informative event. Held at Nieman Marcus, participants travel to many “beauty bars” learning about the latest and greatest in cosmetics. Our 2015 event raised $12,700 for scholarships. Raffle tickets for some truly OUTSTANDING donated prizes are available for purchase.
Press Club’s Annual Meeting is always a night to remember. Often highlighted by a great guest speaker, it includes a delicious dinner, a recap of the Club’s yearly activities, the presentation of the coveted Catfish Award and President’s Awards, and the election of the next board.
Invite Friends and Colleagues to Join
The St. Louis Press Club has so much to offer, and you can help us grow by inviting your friends and colleagues to join! A great way to introduce friends to our organization is by bringing them to one of our events. Not only do we host fabulous events like the MPOY Gala, Beauty Buzz, and the Annual Meeting, but also Press Club at the Gatesworth Speaker Series, Social Media workshops, luncheon forums on current issues, and Media Literacy Week events we co-sponsor with Gateway Media Literacy Partners.
Social Media as a great tool to connect and network, but it’s also an easy way to make more people aware of what we have to offer. The St. Louis Press Club recently launched our LinkedIn page and we continue to update our facebook page and our twitter feed, so “like”, “follow”, “connect” and “share”!
STLPressClub.org is the place to go for the latest information and is the hub of the club. We invite you to discover what our website has to offer. You can see everything the St. Louis Press Club does, make donations, pay your dues, rsvp for the latest events, browse and view pictures of past events, keep up to date on what’s happening, apply for scholarships, learn about our history, and so much more!
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No matter whether your estate is large or small, it is just good common sense to have a will. Without a will, the laws of the state of Missouri will determine how your assets are divided. So, even if there is a natural tendency to procrastinate in this area, writing a will is one of the most significant and self-expressive actions a person can take.
If our scholarship fund and making a difference in the lives of our communicators of the future is important in your life, you can ensure this ongoing program by making a bequest to Press Club in your will. The terms of the bequest may specify a dollar amount or a percentage of the residuary estate. The bequest can take the form of particular assets such as real estate, art or stocks, or it can be set up as a trust that will support both your individual beneficiaries and Press Club.
The language required for a bequest to Press Club is: “I give, devise and bequeath to The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis Charitable Fund, a not-for-profit organization, the sum of $_____ or all of my residuary estate. If you already have a will, you can add a codicil designating Press Club as a beneficiary. The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis Charitable Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and your donation is 100% tax deductible.
Scholarships Offered By The St. Louis Press Club
The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Journalism Foundation award and fund a variety of scholarships for communication students. These scholarships include:
The Press Club and St. Louis Post-Dispatch David Lipman scholarship for $5,000 awarded through the Missouri School of Journalism to a journalism student at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Press Club’s $2,500 Media scholarship for students pursuing careers in print, broadcast or digital journalism careers.
The $2,000 Neiman Marcus Media scholarship for students pursuing career in print, magazine or digital journalism.
Press Club internship $1,000 scholarship for communication students each semester.
Summer internship $1,000 scholarships for communication students each summer.
$1,000 Sky’s the Limit scholarship awarded through Mathew-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and six different Journalism Foundation scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $1,500 provided by other professional communication organizations through the Press Club.
$1,000 Martin Quigley scholarship the scholarship will go to a student at Webster University. Click here to donate to the “Martin P. Quigley Journalism Scholarship” fund. Click here to read about our founding member, Martin Quigley.
Where Are They Now?
The Press Club has given out over 250 scholarships in the past half-century! See what some of our more recent scholarship recipients are doing.
University of Missouri-Columbia, 2015
Corrigan is a freelance editor in the editorial department of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services in New York City analyzing and copy editing financial reports on both domestic and global industries.
Butler University, 2015
Hensen is a multi-media journalist and news reporter for KMBT in Beaumont, Texas. He has been dedicating a good deal of time during this football season reporting for KMBT’s sports show.
Webster University, 2011
Masterson is at CBS Radio’s KMOX 1120 in St. Louis working as part-time digital content coordinator for weekday mornings and also using his multimedia skills to cover sports and news. He is an executive producer for the weekly segment, Chris Hrabe’s St. Louis High School Sports Spotlight. Masterson shoots, writes and edits the videos that are voiced by sports personality, Chris Hrabe of KMOX.
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Click here to donate to the “Martin P. Quigley Journalism Scholarship” fund. Click here to read about our founding member, Martin Quigley
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