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What’s ahead in 2014 legislative sessions?

The Press Club’s annual pre-session preview of  2014 legislative issues has been set for January 4. Jean Maneke of the  Missouri  Press Assocation will discuss the Jefferson City outlook, and Doug Anstaett of the Kansa Press Association presents the outlook for Topeka. The meeting will be held at Zarda BBQ, 11931 West 87th Parkway, Lenexa.

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Vendel wins Journalist of Year honor

The Kansas City Press Club gave out nearly 250 awards in the annual 2013 Heart of America Awards competition.  Winners picked up their plaques and certificates at the annual awards banquet June 22.

Christine Vendel, crime reporter for the Kansas City Star, won the Journalist of the Year Award, and Maria Antonia, former reporter at KMBC-TV was named Lifetime Achievement Award winner.  Antonia, who had been scheduled to speak at the banquet could not attend due to illness in her family.  The award will be presented to her at a later meeting.

The Kansas City Star won Newspaper of the Year honors, based on the number of awards picked up in individual categories.  KSPR-TV in Springfield won the TV Station of the Year honors. Land Line magazine won Trade and Specialty Publkication of the Year.

The awards were presented this year at a noon luncheon at the Grand St. Café, 4740 Grand Ave, Kansas City, Missouri. 

Kansas City as communications attorney Bernie Rhodes gave a wide-ranging update on communications-related legal matters in a Press Club program November 2. The program was held at at Lathrop & Gage law firm will present

Rhodes talked about the “rules” for naming names in sensitive stories such as the Maryville rape case that recently drew the interest of national media. 

Rhodes said there are a number of misconceptions about naming victims and juvenile offenders, among others.  Anything on a police report is public record, so reporters can use the names on those reports--both the accused and victims.  The “rules” for naming names are generally set by the news organizations, not the law.

While criminal justice personnel cannot release the names of juveniles accused of crimes, there is no law forbidding journalists from using the names if they can get them. 

Rhodes has more than 20 years of experience in litigating business and commercial disputes across the U.S. He has a wide range of experience in all phases of media law which includes print, broadcast, cable and media in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest.

For years Rhodes has been a long-time friend of the Kansas City Press Club providing programming for area journalists.

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