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SBJ founder to be inducted into Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame

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Springfield Business Journal founder Dianne Elizabeth Osis will be inducted into the Missouri Newspaper Hall of Fame, according to an announcement this morning by the Missouri Press Association.

Osis is among four inductees selected to be honored at the MPA's 158th annual convention and trade show on Sept. 20, slated to be held this year in Springfield. The other inductees are Doug Kneibert, former editor of the Sedalia Democrat; Mike O’Brien, former editor and columnist for the Springfield News-Leader; and Michael Stair, former city editor for The Joplin Globe, according to a news release.

Osis retired from SBJ in January 2017 after founding the publication in July 1980, according to past reporting. She remains a board director for the company, which started as Top’s Executive Journal, aka The Ozarks’ Pulse, before becoming SBJ in 1983.

Osis' daughter, Jennifer Jackson, succeeded Osis as publisher in 2011. Jackson in January was succeeded as publisher by Marty Goodnight, who plans to buy the business in 2026.

The MPA release credits Osis with her pioneering work in journalism.

"Osis’ work as one of the first female business journal publishers in the nation broke barriers and paved the way for other women in the industry," MPA officials said in the release. "Her commitment to journalism and mentorship of aspiring journalists continues to have a lasting impact, fostering growth and success of countless individuals during her career."

MPA Hall of Fame inductees receive Pinnacle Awards, and plaques featuring them will be put on permanent display with other inductees in the MPA office in Columbia and in the student lounge in Lee Hills Hall at the University of Missouri's Missouri School of Journalism.

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