Convention is June 19-21 in Biloxi

Hotel deadline at IP Casino extended till Tuesday, June 3

The first of two MPA-LPA Joint Annual Conventions kicks off Thursday, June 19 at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi. Over 200 delegates from the two states are expected for the conference, which will touch on industry, editorial, advertising and technology topics.

The lodging deadline has been extended to Tuesday, June 3. If you are planning to attend the convention and have not made your hotel reservations, please do so by Tuesday.

The event kicks off a joint golf outing at Shell Landing Golf Club June 19 at noon. An opening reception will be held in the penthouse Thursday evening for early arrivals.

The convention will officially convene at noon Friday with a lunch program and keynote address by Gene Policinksi, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C.

Friday evening's events include a casual heavy h'ordeuvres dinner party with entertainment by Cool Rayz, specializing in rock and pop hits from several decades.

Officer installation ceremonies will take place Saturday during the Better Newspaper Contest Awards luncheon when Joel McNeece, publisher of the Calhoun County Journal in Bruce, will accept the gavel from outgoing MPA-MPS President Jim Prince, publisher of The Neshoba Democrat and president of Prince Newspapers.

APME will hold its annual awards reception Saturday afternoon at 4 pm, the first time the group has joined with conventions in Louisiana and Mississippi. Separate registration is required for this program.

For more information on the event or to register, visit the convention webpage,

Next year's convention, the second of two joint meetings with Louisiana Press, will be held at the Loews Hotel in downtown New Orleans, June 18-20, 2015.

Schooner cruise is back on for post-convention

A cruise of the Gulf Coast aboard the Biloxi Schooner has been scheduled as the final event of this year's 2014 MPA-LPA Joint Convention.

Due to a booking error, we had previously reported no cruise would be available this year. However, with an opening in the schedule we have secured a two hour charter on the boat from 7-9 pm.

This year's cruise will be highlighted by fireworks expected for the grand opening of Harrah's Casino in Biloxi.

The cost per person for the cruise is $35. The event will include gulf shrimp and refreshments. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the marina for this activity.

Separate registration is required for this event. To sign up, contact Monica Gilmer at MPA. .

New MPA website debuts in June

MPA will take the wraps off a brand new website next month. The complete refresh of will be in place by June 30.

Executive Director Layne Bruce said the redesign is necessary following the acquisition of MPA's current website provider by YourMembership.Com.

"This change is a good one for the Association and our members," he said. "We believe the new design increases readability and accessibility for features on which member newspapers and the general public depend."

Newspaper listings will be more prominently displayed on the new site, and e-commerce modules will be improved, including the introduction of online dues payments and easier-to-use conference registration features.

"There will be no changes to how members access advertising material for download," he said. "Nevertheless, the entire MPA staff will be ready to assist members in finding features they regularly use or answer any questions about the website."

Bruce said the new site will be in place the week of June 23.


Tim Phillips has been named publisher of The Oxford Eagle. Phillips has been serving as co-publisher of the afternoon daily. His family co-owned the newspaper before its sale last month to Oxford NewsMedia, LLC, an affiliate of Boone Newspapers and Carpenter NewsMedia… A chancery court judge has ruled State Auditor Stacy Pickering's office in contempt of court over handling of records requested by The Sun Herald in the Department of Marine Recourses case… Collins News Commercial editor Jimmy Goff died May 15 after an extended illness. He and his family are the owners of the Covington County weekly. His son, James Arrington Goff, serves on the MPA-MPS Board of Directors.

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June 12    WEBINAR – InDesign 101: Introduction to InDesign
June 19    WEBINAR – Handling Objections & Optimizing Sales Performance
June 19    MPA Education Foundation Board Meeting, IP Casino Spa Resort, Biloxi
June 19    MPA-LPA Joint Convention, IP Casino Spa Resort, Biloxi
June 20    MPA-MPS Board Meeting, IP Casino Spa Resort, Biloxi
July 10      WEBINAR – InDesign 202: Become a Type Superhero

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