MPA to roast Secretary of State Jan. 30

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will be roasted by the Mississippi Press Association at an annual benefit for its education foundation.

Hosemann was elected to the Secretary of State's office in 2007. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business from Notre Dame, a law degree from Ole Miss, and a Masters of Laws in Taxation from New York University.   He is a former partner of Phelps Dunbar, LLP and was selected to the Best Lawyers in America for 18 consecutive years.  Hosemann also served in the United States Army Reserves. 

Roastmaster for the event will again be Sid Salter, director of University Relations at Mississippi State University and longtime syndicated columnist. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

The 24th annual Roast to benefit the MPA Education Foundation will be held Jan. 30 at the Hilton Jackson on County Line Road. In over two decades, the event has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the scholarship, internship and grant programs of MPAEF.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80 each or a table of eight is available for $600.

The MPA Education Foundation was established in 1983 to provide internships and scholarships for aspiring journalists and grants for instructional programs at in-state universities and colleges. MPA, founded in 1866, is the trade group for 120 member-newspapers in the Magnolia State.

Click here for more details or to purchase tickets.

Happy Holidays from MPA-MPS

The board and staff of MPA-MPS wishes all our members and clients a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. Normal office hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2, at 9 am.

MPA to unveil new marketing initiative Jan. 31

MPA will take the wraps off a comprehensive industry marketing initiative during the annual Mid-Winter Conference Jan. 31 at the Hilton Jackson.

A special marketing presentation created in conjunction with the Jackson-based GodwinGroup agency will be presented to members at a noon luncheon. The project brings to fruition a year-long effort to hone a positive message and marketing plan for MPA member newspapers and the industry at large. Publishers, ad managers and other interested members are urged to attend the conference to view this new effort and learn more about how it can be implemented at local newspapers.

The project was created after a spring board retreat that prioritized marketing plans for MPS and in an effort to better position MPA member newspapers in the minds of the state business community and advertising industry.

Other highlights of the Mid-Winter Conference include a special keynote address by retail expert Margie Johnson on how to build stronger marketing ties with local retailers and the presentation of the annual Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division Awards. Registration for the event is now open.

Send your rate updates to MPS

Newspaper members are reminded to send their rate updates for 2014 to MPS as soon as possible. Rate adjustments need to be entered into MPS' One System soon so that we can quote accurate figures to clients for the coming year.

Forward rate cards by email to Andrea Ross or by fax to 601-981-3676.

Time to update press credentials

MPA is offering photo ID badges for newspaper members for $10 each. The credit-card sized badges are laminated and include a photo of the staffer.

All cards issued bear the signature of the MPA executive director and are valid through Dec. 31, 2015. Click here for more information or to download the order form.

These special order badges do not replace the traditional MPA press cards that are mailed to each publisher in January. For more information, contact Member Services Manager Monica Gilmer.


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Dec. 24-25  Christmas holidays. MPA office closed
Jan. 1          New Year's holiday. MPA office closed
Jan. 9          Webinar – How to find, close & keep more customers
Jan. 30        MPA-MPS-MPAEF Board Meetings
Jan. 30        MPA Education Foundation Celebrity Roast
Jan. 31        MPA Mid-Winter Conference

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Merry Christmas!
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