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January 2017 » Volume 12 » Number 1
The Board and staff of MPA-MPS wish all of members, clients and associates a Happy New Year! We will be closed Monday, Jan. 2, for the holiday, reopening Tuesday, Jan. 3, for normal hours.

BNC Editorial Division call for entries

The entry window for the Better Newspaper Contest Editorial Division is now open. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, for material published during calendar year 2016.

“This is the first time in many years we have moved the deadline off its traditional Tuesday day-of-the-week position,” said MPA Executive Director Layne Bruce. “From time to time we have requests to do this since Tuesday is also the busiest day of the week for many of our member publications.”

Entry fees in the contest have been set at $6 per entry for this cycle, the first change in over a decade. Members who submit their entries by the early deadline of Jan. 31, however, will be credited $1 per entry in rebates or to apply to future conference, convention or contest fees.

Visit the MPA contest website to register and submit entries. The association code for MPA is MSPRESS, and is case sensitive. Contact Member Services Manager Monica Gilmer, 601-981-3060, with questions or for assistance.

The contest will be judged this year by volunteers with the Kentucky Press Association. Awards will be handed out during the summer convention July 8, 2017, at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi.

Hotel deadline for Mid-Winter is Jan. 6

Register now to attend the annual MPA Mid-Winter Conference, Jan. 26-28, at the Hilton Jackson on County Line Road. This year’s event will include in-depth training from sales expert Diane Ciotta and a luncheon presentation by David Chavern, CEO of the News Media Alliance.

    Click here to register online for the event
    Click here to download a PDF registration form

Friday, Jan. 6, is the deadline to reserve a hotel room at the group rate of $99 nightly.

    Click here for hotel reservation info

Cartoonist, author and broadcaster Marshall Ramsey is the honoree for this year’s Celebrity Roast to benefit the MPA Education Foundation. Ticket information can be found on the roast webpage.

Winners of the 2016 Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division will be presented during the closing luncheon Jan. 28. Publishers were recently notified by mail if their newspaper or members of its staff are winners in the contest.

Complete details on the conference are available at the Mid-Winter webpage.

Ole Miss to host Southeast Journalism Conference

The Southeast Journalism Conference will return to the University of Mississippi on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18.

The annual event is expected to bring to campus more than 300 students and faculty from seven southeastern states. The theme of the 2017 conference is “Spotlight on Storytelling: Watchdog Journalism in a Mobile World.”

SEJC includes more than 40 universities. The conference includes speakers and workshops, on-site competitions for students in 15 different categories, and an awards banquet for the Best of the South college journalism awards.

MPA members are invited to participate in a Job Fair for students to apply for jobs and internships, as well as get critiques of their portfolios, on Friday afternoon, Feb. 17.

This is the first time Ole Miss has hosted the event since 2008. Organizers are specifically seeking help from editors and publishers who want to participate in the job fair; an MPA representative to be on a panel to talk about the skills students need today to get jobs; and judges for on-site categories, which would require being available Friday afternoon/early evening to select the winners. The categories include writing specialties (news, features, a&e, sports, op-ed), photography, design, copy editing.

For more information or to volunteer for judging, contact Dr. Patricia Thompson, Assistant Dean of Student Media. If you are interested in participating in the job fair along with other MPA members, contact Executive Director Layne Bruce

Apply now for RJI fellowships in 2017

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with us on innovative ideas and projects to improve the practice or understanding of journalism.

We’re giving special consideration this year to ideas and projects focused on solving problems created by filter bubbles, fake news and mistrust of the news media; however, we also invite submission of other ideas and projects that could strengthen democracy through better journalism.

Each fellowship includes a stipend. Residential fellows receive an $80,000 stipend and a $10,000 one-time housing or relocation allowance. Nonresidential fellows receive a $20,000 stipend, plus research and travel support. The institutional fellowship stipend — $20,000 — is paid to the company or institution and can be used for salary relief or for another purpose to best ensure the success of the fellowship project.


The language of the Twitterverse

An invasion has been loosed upon this nation, and the intruders are not sending us their best.

They’re sending their syntax murderers, their text assaulters and, most of all, their really bad spellers.

They “prey” to God, down on their knees at the “alter.” They believe certain segments of society should be “reigned” or “rained” in, and their explosive tendencies “diffused” before there’s a massive “erupsion.”

They “roo” the fact that many people exercise bad “judgement” — especially “cereal” killers.

A DeKalb man faces charges of breaking and entering, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia in connection with a break-in at The Neshoba Democrat Dec. 18… Ida B. Wells, a journalist and women’s rights activist who helped found the NAACP, will be inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Fame… Frances McDavid, faculty adviser for The Reflector at Mississippi State University, was recently honored with a national academic advising award.
» Publisher says Washington Post profitable, growing » Poynter
» In fact, WaPo adding 60 newsroom jobs » Politico
» NJ assembly backs off bill to yank public notices out of newspapers » MediaPost
» Study: 169M read a newspaper in a month’s time » Nielsen
» Higher profile for Snopes means more criticism » The New York Times
» Witness to an assassination: A photographer’s story » AP


Jan. 2
New Year's holiday. MPA office closed
Jan. 12
Webinar – 50 Editorial Ideas in 50 Minutes
Jan. 13
Webinar – Classifieds in 2017: Feast or Famine?
Jan. 26
MPA-MPS-MPAEF Board Meetings. Hilton Jackson.
Jan. 26
MPAEF Celebrity Roast. Hilton Jackson.
Jan. 26-28
MPA Mid-Winter Conference. Hilton Jackson.
Feb. 17-18
Southeastern Journalism Conference, Ole Miss

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