Jefferson City, MO – January 9th on the first day of the Missouri General Assembly a new media company will launch covering the state’s political process. The Missouri Times will distribute their debut edition as well as launch their website www.themissouritimes.com. “I’m excited to launch The Missouri Times and feel this publication will change the way Missouri politics is covered by the media and followed by public. With so many cutbacks and bankruptcies in the media industry it is more important than ever to ask the hard questions and get real answers on the serious issues of the day”, said Missouri Times President Rod Jetton.
The Missouri Times will be distributed in Jefferson City in print form once a week, typically on Mondays and will have an active website seven days a week. The Missouri Times is set to employ two full time journalists covering all aspects of Missouri government. “For two years I have wanted to be part of launching a publication focused on state government. I believe there are readers who want more in-depth coverage of state issues, and our staff of professional journalists will be in the state capitol every day to serve those readers”, said Scott Faughn who will serve as publisher.
Jetton who is a former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives brings a unique breath of experience to owning a media company. “We feel our readers already know what happened but we will dive into the why it happened and what it means to them. I feel my campaign experience as well as my legislative background has prepared me to know what questions to ask and who to ask them to”, said Jetton.
While Jetton has a background in elective politics he assures readers that there will be no partisan bias in the newspaper. “This publication will be non partisan and solely focused on providing objective reporting on the politics and the public policy process. Our overriding goal will be to report on all sides of each issue so that our readers have a clear and honest picture of what happened, who made it happen, why it happened and how it will affect them.”
In addition to Jetton, Faughn, and their news team The Missouri Times will also have an experienced advertising director in Jeff Hedberg. Hedberg was raised in the field of community newspapers eventually becoming the Co-owner and Managing Editor of the Centralia Fireside Guard. Jeff has served as Vice President and President of the Show-Me Press Association and as a member of the Missouri Press Association. “I am excited to be on this team. We have an innovative concept and I am looking forward to seeing our company succeed by helping other companies grow”.
While The Missouri Times will print a traditional hard copy Faughn pledges his paper will strive to cover the political stories of the day and distribute them in a way that readers demand. He stressed they would use the web, social media and video blogging. “New technologies allow for a more healthy dialog with the public and we will strive to make fairness our number one priority. Our reporters will track down the facts and allow the key payers involved in the issues of the day to make their case.”
Recently the Missouri Capitol News Association granted The Missouri Times a provisional membership in the Association. The Missouri Times met the first two criteria of membership in that they would have original news that would be disseminated to a broad audience and they were independent of any political party, or interest group, but they have not yet met the requirement of operating for more than six months.
Jetton Concluded, “It was an honor to be accepted into the Capitol News Association and we look forward to working alongside some of the most respected political reporters in the state as we report on the big issues our readers care about.” He continued, “The response and encouragement we have received from both democrats and republicans has been exhilarating. I am confident that legislators, state employees, special interests, and party activists and our fellow colleges in the media will grow to appreciate and depend on the facts and information our aggressive reporters will provide.”