Circulation, audience development meeting set

The annual ArkLaMiss Conference returns to Vicksburg's Ameristar Hotel Hotel and Casino Nov. 5-6, 2015.

A number of sessions on developing and growing your audience in print and online are planned, as well as a discussion of postal issues and exchange of circulation and revenue growth ideas.

Helen Sosniecki, a community newspaper consultant, will lead one-on-one sessions with members who wish to have their postal service forms reviewed. These quick 15-20 minutes sessions usually result in modest-to-major savings in postal costs for community publishers.

Dennis Dunn, circulation director of the Annistar (AL) Star, will again lead the Hot Ideas Exchange.

As in recent years, a Newspaper Managers Roundtable will precede the start of the conference at 9 am on Thursday, Nov. 5. There is no added cost to attend this program. Click here for details.

Regular registration is $95 per member and is available through Oct. 30, 2015. Registration is now open online.

Room rates are $69 for Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 5; $99 for Friday, Nov. 6. Call 1-855-888-7281 to make your reservations by Oct. 21st.

Statements of ownership due to USPS Oct. 1

A reminder your Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation is due to your local postmaster by the close of business Thursday, Oct. 1.

A copy of USPS Form 3526 can be downloaded here.

Postal statements are due annually and must be published in daily  and semi-weekly newspapers by Oct. 10. Weekly newspapers have until Oct. 31 to publish the information.

BNC Advertising Division criteria now available

Criteria and entry information is now available for the Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division online at the MPA contest site.

The contest is open to full active members of the Association and covers material published between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.

As with this year’s editorial contest, entries will be submitted online. A few categories such as special sections and Silver Dollar Idea will require mail-in entries.

Judging will be conducted this fall by volunteers from the North Carolina Press Association. Awards will be handed out during the annual Mid-Winter Conference Jan. 30 at the Jackson Hilton.

For more information about the BNC, contact Member Services Manager Monica Gilmer, 601-981-3060.

Sept. 8 is International Literacy Day; special feature available

September 8 is International Literacy Day, established in 1965 to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world's adults do not know how to read or write, and more than 94 million children lack access to education.

A new serial feature is available now to MPA members that uses the newspaper as a tool to promote improved reading skills. The reading series was created by the Missouri Press Association and made available to other newspaper associations nationwide.

"There is no cost associated with this feature," said Layne Bruce, Mississippi Press Association executive director. "Though we do encourage members who download it to consider a small donation to the Missouri Press Foundation in appreciation of them making it available for our use."

The content is not specific to Missouri and available for download at this website. The password for this feature is literacyday.

Newspaper Institute of Technology set for October

The Institute of Newspaper Technology will convene on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Oct. 15-17.

Led by Kevin Slimp, the institute will feature workshops facilitated by a team of software and technology experts. Included on the agenda are Ed Henninger, Lisa Griffin, John Hatcher and others.

The curriculum will offer courses in InDesign, Photoshop, Page Design for Print & Web, Networking, Digital Tools, Video on the Web, Illustrator, Illustration, Adobe Bridge, PDF Troubleshooting and more.

Click here to visit the institute website for details on the agenda and registration.

SCOTUS First Amendment rulings in 2014-15

The United States Supreme Court decided three cases during its October 2014–2015 term that address First Amendment issues.  While none involves defamation or privacy issues, they are of sufficient interest to warrant a brief review.  One addresses state laws that prohibit judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.  Another involves a state's right to dictate the content of its specialty car tags.  The third finds that a municipal sign ordinance is unconstitutional using an unexpected rationale with potentially far reaching implications.

In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, 135 S. Ct. 1656 (2015), the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision held that a provision of the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct that prohibited judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign funds for judicial elections while permitting those candidates to establish committees of responsible persons to raise such funds did not violate the First Amendment.  Thirty-nine states, including Mississippi, elect their trial or appellate judges at the polls.  Coincidentally, the Florida judicial candidate who challenged the anti-solicitation provision was a graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law.


Read the summer edition of Fourth Estate
The summer edition of the Fourth Estate, MPA's quarterly newspaper, is available online. Printed copies were also mailed to all members. If you or your staff have news to share through the monthly eBulletin or Fourth Estate, let us know.


Blake Kaplan, longtime city editor of the Sun Herald, has been named editor and vice president of the Gulf Coast daily. He succeeds longtime editor Stan Tiner who retires effective Aug. 31 Jesse Wright, former editor of the Clarksdale Press-Register, has been named editor of the Picayune Item. He succeeds Jeremy Pittari who was promoted to publisher in July… Tim Holder, publisher of The Meridian Star since 2012, has departed the Lauderdale County daily. No replacement has been announced.


Sept. 6         Labor Day. MPA office closed
Sept. 17       Webinar – Investigative Reporting Tools for Any Newsroom
Sept. 24        Webinar – Photography for Reporters
Oct. 4-10       National Newspaper Week
Oct. 6            BNC Advertising Division entry deadline.
Oct. 15          MPA-MPS Board Meeting, White House Hotel, Biloxi
Nov. 5-6        ArkLaMiss Conference, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg

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