BancorpSouth Chairman Aubrey Patterson (left) laughs as his friend and colleague Dr. Hank Bounds, Commissioner of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, slings a few good-natured barbs from the lectern during a roast in Patterson's honor Feb. 7 to benefit the MPA Education Foundation.

Roast raises $35K for Foundation programs

He was alternately teased for being "the least interesting man in the world" and humorless, but Aubrey Patterson proved to be a terrific fundraiser for the MPA Education Foundation.

The BancorpSouth chairman's roast Feb. 7 raised over $35,000 in sponsorships and tickets sales to benefit the Foundation's program of work, including student scholarships and internships.

"It was another great event and we are very appreciative to Mr. Patterson and his team at BancorpSouth for agreeing to be roasted this year," said MPA Foundation Chairman Jimmy Clark, general manager of The Vicksburg Post.

Patterson was roasted by friends and colleagues, including Gov. Phil Bryant, Institutions of Higher Learning Commissioner Hank Bounds, Mississippi Economic Council President Blake Wilson, Tupelo & Lee County Community Development Foundation CEO David Rumbarger and Clarion-Ledger editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey. Longtime toastmaster Sid Salter, director of University Relations at Mississippi State, was emcee for the event.

Clark said the Patterson roast was one of the most successful in the 23-year history of the event.
"The money raised will be very important to the work the Foundation will do this year, including funding 15 summer internships at Mississippi newspapers," he said.

Previous roast honorees have included the late comedian Jerry Clower, former Gov. Haley Barbour, and former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott.

Learn more about the annual event.

News contest deadline is Tuesday

The deadline to enter the 2012 Better Newspaper Contest Editorial Division is rapidly approaching. Entries must be received by next Tuesday, March 5.

Click here to download a criteria and entry packet.

Winners will be presented during the 147th Annual Convention, Saturday, June 22 at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi.

Volunteers from MPA are still needed to judge the editorial and advertising contests of the Hoosier State Press Association. All judging will be conducted online; no travel will be necessary to Jackson or other venues. Contact Monica Gilmer at MPA if you are interested in assisting. Reciprocal judging is very important in conducting state contests.

Sports journalist to headline McDavid Conference

Longtime sports journalist and Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Rick Cleveland will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference March 28 in Jackson.

Cleveland is a former columnist, sports reporter and editor for The Clarion-Ledger. He left the paper in April 2012 and soon after took the reins of the Hall of Fame and museum.

The 15th annual McDavid Conference, to be held this year at the Sports Hall of Fame on Lakeland Drive, is MPA's annual symposium and awards presentation for journalism and communication students attending Mississippi colleges and universities. About 70 students and educators took part in the program in 2012.

Another session is slotted on sports photojournalism. The event will conclude with the presentation of the Better Newspaper Contest Student Division winners.

The conference is named for the late O.C. McDavid, former managing editor of the Jackson Daily News and an artist and sculptor in his retirement.

The event is open to all MPA members and there is no cost to attend. Lunch will be served. For information on the event, contact Foundation coordinator Beth Boone.

Cleveland to offer syndicated sports column to papers

Former Clarion-Ledger sports columnist Rick Cleveland will soon offer a syndicated column to Mississippi newspapers.

Cleveland shared details about the column offering in a cover letter to state publishers and editors. He plans to launch the column prior to the start of the fall school year.

"My idea is for a column of statewide interest, sometimes about some current athletic event or personality, sometimes about a historical event and sometimes connecting the past to the present," he said in the note to newspapers.

A sample offering of columns is available here.

MPS will act as the syndicate for the column, handling billing and distribution of copy to participating papers.

For more information, contact Cleveland by email.

Conceal carry bill passes Senate

A bill to exempt concealed carry gun permits from the Mississippi Public Records Act was passed by the state Senate Wednesday afternoon.

MPA has objected to the exemption of these records on the grounds that if the government collects information on citizens then such data should be available for inspection and review.

HB 485 previously passed out of the House by a large majority. It will now head to the floor for a full vote in the Senate. An amendment made to the bill in committee Tuesday means it will have to return to the House for further consideration.

If passed on a three-fifths majority, it will immediately become law upon signature of Gov. Phil Bryant, who has voiced his support for the measure and others to curb any effort at gun control in the Magnolia State.

Did you know?

The MPA Education Foundation co-sponsors webinars monthly through a partnership with the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Iowa Newspaper Foundation. Topics covered include editorial and journalism, advertising sales, circulation and marketing and more. The cost to MPA member papers to participate is only $35.

Click here to learn more about the Online Media Campus and upcoming programs.


March 14         NNA We Believe in Newspapers Summit, Washington, D.C.
March 28         O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference, Jackson
April 5              Magazine publishing workshop, Jackson
April 18            MPA-MPS Board Meeting, Oxford
June 20-22      147th Annual Convention, Beau Rivage Resort, Biloxi

Click here to visit the MPA Calendar


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