CORRECTiON – This version corrects erroneous date in announcement of MPA Legislative Dinner. See below.

ArkLaMiss Conference Nov. 7-8

The ArkLaMiss Conference returns to Vicksburg and the Ameristar Hotel & Casino in Vicksburg Nov. 7-8.

The annual circulation, audience development and marketing conference is sponsored by the Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi press associations.

Claremore (OK) Daily Progress Publisher Bailey Dabney will be the keynote presenter. ArkLaMiss mainstay Max Heath will be on hand to analyze postal statements and help you maximize savings. One-on-one sessions with Max will be available by appointment.

"I still believe the newspaper industry has its best years ahead of it if we remember the things that made us valuable to consumers in the first place," said Coleman. "In Claremore, circulation is growing, local and national ad revenues are also growing."

Don't miss Friday morning's Hot Ideas Session, moderated by Dennis Dunn, operations manager of The Anniston (AL) Star. This session alone will pay your way to the conference.

This year's conference will be preceded by Publisher Roundtables on the morning of Nov. 7. The session is co-sponsored by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the ArkLaMiss state associations. There is no charge to attend this portion of the event, and more details will be forwarded to publishers soon.

As in recent years, a limited number of Education Reimbursement Grants are available to MPA members to cover up to $100 in costs to attend the conference. Grants are awarded one-per-paper on a first come, first served basis. Download a grant application here.

Registration is now open for ArkLaMiss. For hotel reservation information, click here.

Happy Labor Day from MPA-MPS

MPA wishes all of its members, clients and associates a very happy and safe Labor Day Weekend. Our offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 for the holiday. We will resume normal office hours on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

BNC Advertising criteria now available

Criteria and entry packets for the Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division are now available for download.

The contest period runs from Sept. 1, 2012 through Aug. 31, 2013. Entries are due in the MPA office by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.

There were minimal changes to the contest criteria for the current cycle. The number of allowed entries in Categories 1-14 was increased from four to five (Categories 3 and 9 will allow for six entries), allowing newspapers more opportunities to compete in the single advertisement categories.

Entries will be judged this fall by volunteers from the Hoosier State Press Association. Winners in the 2013 BNCA will be announced Feb. 1, 2013 during the Mid-Winter Conference at the the Jackson Hilton on County Line Road.

For more information about the contest, contact member services coordinator Monica Gilmer.

Updated Public Notice Fee book available

An updated Synopsis of Publication Fees for Public Notice handbook has been recently mailed to MPA member publishers and general managers. The handbook, last updated in 2010, is produced by the MPA general counsel team of John C. Henegan and Donna Brown Jacobs at Butler Snow in Ridgeland.

Digital copies of the handbook are also available by contacting Monica Gilmer, 601-981-3060.

Legislative Budget Committee dinner Sept. 18

MPA will host a dinner for publisher and editors and members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee the evening of Sept. 18 at the Capital Club in Jackson. The annual event is an opportunity for newspaper members to visit with key legislative leaders prior to the upcoming 2014 session.

The event will get underway with a cocktail reception at 5 pm. Dinner will be served shortly after. The evening's events should conclude by 8 pm.

MPA Government Affairs Committee members will attend and any interested member publisher or editor is encouraged to take part. Please RSVP to Beth Boone by Thursday, Sept. 12.


A multimedia project about the University of Mississippi's service learning program in Belize has won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for college students... Mary Garrison has been named managing editor of the West Point Daily Times Leader. She previously worked for the Starkville Daily News. The paper has also added Kate Moser as a general assignment reporter. In the editor's job, Garrison succeeds Bryan Davis... William Browning has returned to Mississippi as a correspondent for The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus. A graduate of Ole Miss, Browning formerly worked for The Greenwood Commonwealth and was a reporter for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville at the time he joined the Dispatch... Sean Murphy, formerly an editor for The Vicksburg Post, has joined the Laurel Leader-Call as managing editor... Managing Editor Karen Gamble recently departed The Vicksburg Post after 23 years at the daily paper and 40 years in the newspaper business. She is now teaching at Hinds Community College.

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Sept. 2       Labor Day. MPA-MPS offices closed.
Sept. 12     National Newspaper Association Convention, Phoenix, AZ
Sept. 18     MPA Joint Legislative Budget Committee Dinner, Capital Club, Jackson
Oct. 1         2013 BNC Advertising Division entry deadline
Oct. 17       MPA-MPS Board Meeting, Starkville, MS
Nov. 7-8     ArkLaMiss Circulation Conference, Vicksburg, MS

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Jeff Bezos isn't crazy, and newspapers aren't dying

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Paper files new suit against DMR, Pickering

From The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald filed a new lawsuit Monday against State Auditor Stacey Pickering, his office and the Department of Marine Resources that seeks copies of public records generated by the DMR.

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Was ESPN naive, sloppy, or both?

From ESPN Ombudsman
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