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Staff members of the Paw Print newspaper at Columbia High School John Ezell (from left), editor Jack Deal, Amber Wascomb and Alyssa Pearce show off the second edition of the new publication. The CHS students partnered with The Columbian-Progress to start the newspaper with financial assistance from the MPA Education Foundation.

Ramsey to be skewered for annual roast

The longtime editorial cartoonist for The Clarion-Ledger will be roasted by the state press association at a January benefit for its education foundation.

Marshall Ramsey, who joined The Clarion-Ledger 20 years ago as cartoonist, will join the ranks of other Mississippians such as former Gov. Haley Barbour, entertainer Jerry Clower, journalist Rick Cleveland, and former state Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson in being roasted to benefit the MPA Education Foundation.

The event will be held Jan. 26 at the Hilton Jackson at the outset of MPA’s Mid-Winter Conference.

Ramsey, a native of Georgia, is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee. A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Ramsey is also a host for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and MPB Think Radio.

His cartoons are nationally syndicated and he has authored two books. A cancer survivor, he has been honored by the Melanoma Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society for his efforts to raise awareness and funds for research.

He is a frequent speaker and entertainer at events around Mississippi.

Tickets for the roast are $80 each, or a table of eight is available for $600. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.
MPAEF was founded in 1983 to fund scholarships and internships for in-state students of journalism and communications. Founded in 1866 and celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016, MPA is the trade association for 110 member newspapers and affiliated digital media in Mississippi.

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Nationally known speaker to keynote Mid-Winter

Sales specialist Diane Ciotta will be the keynote presenter at the Mid-Winter Conference Jan. 27-28 at the Hilton Jackson.

After two decades in sales and sales management, Ciotta established Training Classics in 1989 as a sales refinement company committed to presenting integrity based techniques. A New Jersey native, Ciotta presents seminars across the country for a number of industry groups and spoke earlier this year at the Alabama Press Association annual convention.

Her keynote is entitled “Integrity Speaks Louder Than Words,” and will be followed by an afternoon breakout: “Skills Enhancement Power Sessions for Sales Professionals.”

Also on the Mid-Winter agenda is a luncheon address by David Chavern, CEO of the News Media Alliance, formerly the Newspaper Association of America. The event will also include the traditional Silver Dollar Idea breakfast and culminate with the the annual Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Awards Luncheon.

Registration for the event will open in November. Further details on hotel reservations and the agenda will arrive soon by mail and email.

Registration cut-off today for Arklamiss

Today (Oct. 31) is the final day to register for the ArkLaMiss Conference Nov. 10-11 at the Ameristar Hotel and Casino in Vicksburg.

The conference will again be preceded by a Newspaper Management Round Table the morning of Thursday, Nov. 10. There is no additional cost to attend the roundtable, but preregistration is required. If you’re only planning to attend the round Table, you may sign up by sending an email to Mitch Droge.

Click here for more information. We hope to see you there.

Why do we endorse candidates?

USA Today broke a tradition that goes back to its founding 34 years ago.

It made for the first time an endorsement in the presidential race.

The national newspaper says that every four years its editorial board has revisited its no-endorsement policy on presidential races, the only contest it would consider weighing in on. Until now, it has come to the conclusion that it should keep its opinions to itself. It says it hasn’t wanted to risk the charge of political bias, voters have no shortage of information on presidential candidates to make up their own minds, and its ideologically diverse board could rarely agree on an endorsement anyway.

But this year, the fear of a Donald Trump presidency has caused the newspaper to offer an endorsement — although technically a non-endorsement might be a more apt description.


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Taylor Mitchell has been named publisher and editor of The Clarksdale Press Register. He previously worked for the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville. In Clarksdale, he succeeds Nathan Duff... Former Enterprise-Journal editor and publisher Charles Dunagin recalls the time his pal and colleague Paul Pittman asked a question of President Richard Nixon… Louisiana journalist Stanley Nelson chronicles civil rights cold cases in a new book… A Department of Corrections memo shows an inmate was transferred to a separate unit inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman for writing a letter to The Greenwood Commonwealth that criticized Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher.
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Nov. 3
Webinar – New Overtime Regulations
Nov. 10
Newspaper Manager’s Roundtable, Vicksburg
Nov. 10-11
ArkLaMiss Conference
Nov. 17
Webinar – Integrating Snapchat and Instagram into your Newsroom
Nov. 23-24
Thanksgiving holiday. MPA office closed
Dec. 9
Webinar – Selling Strategically: How to Manage Your Time and Territory
Dec. 22, 26
Christmas holiday. MPA office closed

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