Happy Independence Day from MPA-MPS. Our office will be closed Wednesay, July 4 in observance of the holiday. We will reopen Thursday, July 5 for normal operation hours. We will also be closed Monday, July 9 following conclusion of the 2012 Southeastern Press Convention in Miramar Beach, FL.

Five-state convention begins Thursday

Three days, five states, 30 exhibitors and over 500 attendees from state press associations are all key components of the first-ever Southeastern Press Convention in Destin July 5-7.

The event – which brings together press associations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi – will be held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, FL. It will serve as the official convention and annual meeting for MPA and MPS.

“This convention is several years in the making and will be a very important opportunity for us to meet colleagues from across the Southeastern United States,” said MPA President Jimmy Clark, general manager of The Vicksburg Post.

“There is strength in numbers, and this a rare opportunity to join together with so many newspaper professionals in neighboring states.”

Events kick off Thursday, July 5, at noon with a joint luncheon for the boards of directors from the five participating state press associations.

An opening reception with trade show vendors and sponsors will be held Thursday evening at the Baytowne Conference Center at the Sandestin Resort.

Friday includes a number of sessions on topics such as the future of newspapers, public notice, technology, design, mobile revenue and more.

Friday night is highlighted by a dinner party and silent auction. Beatles tribute band Not Quite Fab will perform.

The convention winds down, as is customary, with the Better Newspaper Contest and President’s Luncheon on Saturday, during which James E. Prince, III, publisher of The Neshoba Democrat and president of Prince Newspapers, will accept the gavel from Clark.

During the luncheon, Hall of Fame inductees Patsy Speights of The Prentiss Headlight and David Hampton of The Clarion-Ledger will also be feted.

A post-convention schooner cruise Saturday evening caps the event.

Four nominated for the board of directors

Four longtime publishers and Association members have been nominated for individual three-year terms on the MPA-MPS Board of Directors. Magee Courier Publisher Pat Brown, Natchez Democrat Publisher Kevin Cooper, Deer Creek Pilot Editor and Publisher Ray Mosby and Enterprise-Journal Publisher Jack Ryan have been nominated for terms to begin July 9.

Brown, a graduate of Mississippi State University, previously worked for the Clarksdale Press-Register and The Vicksburg Post in advertising sales and management. From 1990-92 he was general manager of The Southern Sentinel in Ripley. He became publisher in Magee in 1992 and currently serves as a group manager for Jackson-based Emmerich Newspapers.

Cooper is also publisher of Natchez the Magazine and is a vice president and group manager for Boone Newspapers. He’s a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and began his newspaper career as a photographer. He worked as a staff photographer at The Natchez Democrat and The Sun Herald until he began a series of management positions in Natchez, including being named editor in 2001. He was publisher of The Ironton (Ohio) Tribune for approximately four years before returning to Natchez as publisher.

A Coahoma County native, Mosby is a graduate of Ole Miss with a degree in English. He learned the trade from his mentor and longtime Clarksdale Press-Register publisher, the late Joseph Ellis.  Mosby worked for the paper as reporter, city editor and finally managing editor. He purchased the Deer Creek Pilot in 1993, which is perennially recognized as one of the state’s best small weeklies. Mosby and crew have won over 150 awards in the BNC contest since assuming ownership of the paper. He is a two-time winner of the MPA Emmerich Award.

A native of Oak Park, Ill., Ryan, 50, grew up in suburban New Orleans. He joined the Enterprise-Journal as a reporter 11 days after graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1983. He became managing editor in 1990 and editor and publisher in 2001. One of the state’s leading editorial writers and opinion columnists, he is a two-time, back-to-back winner of the MPA Emmerich Award.

The general membership will vote on the slate of nominations during its annual meeting Friday, July 6 at the Southeastern Press Convention in Miramar Beach, FL.

Retiring directors from the Board include Rupert Howell, editor of The Panolian; Clay McFerrin, editor and publisher of The Sun-Sentinel; and Wyatt Emmerich, publisher of The Northside Sun.

NIE series offered by NC Press Association

The North Carolina Press Foundation is making a six-chapter serial story for summer 2012 available to newspapers nationwide. The series, "Where is the Lost Colony?," traces the history of English settlers in the New World and the fate of some of those first colonies.

Available in the package are the serial story, fast facts, photos, cutlines and newspaper connections. You can access the Serial webpage and information on cost at the NCPF website. Click on the "For Newspapers Outside of North Carolina" button.

Heath to be recognized for service

Postal guru Max Heath will be honored with the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at a special program July 20 in Richmond, Ky.

"Most everyone is aware of Max's important work on behalf of newspaper postal issues through his association with NNA," said MPA President Jimmy Clark. "If we were to make a short list of individuals who have been the greatest resource for our association or who have made the most favorable impact on how community newspapers do business, Max would unquestionably be at the top."

For many years, Max has been an integral part of our annual ArkLaMiss Circulation Conference. He will be a presenter at this week's Southeastern Press Convention on the Florida Coast.

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