Registration open for SE Press Convention

Newspaper professionals from five states will gather on the Emerald Cost of Florida this July for the first-ever Southeastern Press Convention. Oustanding programming, a huge silent auction benefit and unique networking and social events are planned.

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort the host property for the event. Standard room rates begin at $179. Up to four-bedroom condos are also available. The deadline for reservations at the group rate is June 25.

Registration is now open. Members can sign up for the event by returning the standard registration form by fax or mail. Online registration is also available with payment via credit card.

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Student Printz, Radionian take top awards in BNCS

The student newspapers at Jones Count Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi were recognized as the best in class during the Better Newspaper Contest Student Division award handed out at March 29 at the annual O.C. McDavid Conference in Jackson.

The Radionian at JCJC and USM's Student Printz took top prize in the General Excellence categories. Dozens of journalism and communications student at 12 campus newspapers participated in the annual contest, sponsored by the MPA Education Foundation.

Click here to download a complete list of BNC winners

Click here for event photos at MPA's Facebook page

Laurel Leader-Call ceases publication March 29

The Laurel-Leader Call ceased publciation after a century in business March 29.

The paper's roots can be traced to the early 20th century when Edgar G. Harris, a former MPA president and member of the Hall of Fame, opened the Daily Argus. The paper later morphed into the Daily Leader and, eventually, the Leader-Call when it merged with the weekly Jones County Call. Read more.

Carrier bill passes both chambers

The MPA-sponsored bill to have newspaper carriers defined as exempt from state unemployment insurance has now passed in both chambers. The news is particularly good on HB 451, which is now known as the "Direct Seller Exemption" bill, which passed by a 50-vote margin in the House last week. The major opposition we have faced on this effort for the past two sessions has been in the House. That the bill was not held on a motion to reconsider is particularly encouraging.

HB 451 has now been sent for consideration to the Senate, which just last week passed a companion bill on a unanimous vote. We are hopeful to get these bills through the remaining hoops and get a signature from the governor soon.


Forbes ranks most influential media by state

From Forbes
Oregonians love NPR; Wisconsinites adore the Onion; the Huffington Post is widely read in Appalachia. In Mississippi, it's Fox News.

'Reverse' paywalls hold promise

From Gigaom
Paywalls and other subscription models are becoming more common, with everyone trying to imitate the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. Is there any other other option to putting up a turnstile around the news?

Philly papers eyed by consortium of local leaders

From The New York Times
A consortium of local business and political leaders is poised to purchase the Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of The Inquirer, The Daily News and, according to several people familiar with the negotiations.