Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (second from right) is presented the S. Gale Denley Memorial Journalism Education Award by MPA Education Foundation Chairman James E. Prince, III, as the honoree's sons (from left) Mark and Chad Hosemann, and wife, Lynne, join them on stage.

Foundation roast earns $26K for programs

Mississippi's Secretary of State endured barbs from journalists, a close friend and even his own son Thursday evening during the annual MPA Education Foundation Celebrity Roast.

The event, which honored two-term Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, raised over $26,000 for the internship, scholarship and grant programs of MPAEF. A crowd of about 250 people was on hand at the Jackson Hilton to watch as friends and associates took turns alternating skewering and praising the politician.

Roasters included personal friend David Russell, president of McGowan Working Partners; Clarion-Ledger Political Editor Geoff Pender; editorial cartoonist and radio host Marshall Ramsey and last-minute substitution Mark Hosemann, Delbert Hosemann's son who was pinch-hitting for Casey Phillips of RedPrint Strategies.

Phillips, who ran Hosemann's campaign for Secretary of State and was behind his popular television commercial series, was a victim of airport delays brought on by last week's winter storms. His remarks were delivered in absentia by Mark Hosemann.

"My father is the original Clark Griswold," Mark Hosemann said, comparing his dad to the hapless character played by Chevy Chase in a series of movies in the 80s and 90s.

Gov. Phil Bryant was a surprise guest for the evening, making an appearance following a legislative event.

“"We all wished we had commercials like Englebert's," Bryant said, poking fun at the Hosemann's campaign advertisements.

Bryant himself is a past honoree of the event, founded in 1990 to raise funds for the MPA Foundation.

The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades and has honored politicians, entertainers and journalists, among others.

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MPA debuts new industry promotion video

MPA took the wraps off of a new industry promotional video during a special luncheon Friday at the Mid-Winter Conference.

"The Truth About Newspapers" premiered to about 100 newspaper publishers, ad managers and sales representatives and seeks to dispel myths about the popularity of the industry.

It was produced in cooperation with Jackson-based GodwinGroup agency. Godwin Managing Partner John McKie and Creative Director Tal McNeill told attendees about the creative process and production of the video. A St. Louis-based firm was engaged to create the visual for the project.

The new video is available to members for download and MPA representatives will use it to promote the industry to current clients and prospects. Publishers and MPA board members will join MPA staff on calls this winter and spring to major clients in the corporate, financial and government sectors, among others.

"Over 1.5 million Mississippians read their local newspaper at least once a week," said MPA President James E. Prince, III, president of Prince Newspaper Holdings. "And your board has invested a lot of time and resources to create a presentation that highlights newspapers and print as the number one source for news and advertising information in our state."

The video can be viewed here.

Papers cited for advertising excellence

Five Mississippi newspapers were singled out for being "Best in Show" among their circulation classes during the annual Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Awards Luncheon Saturday at the conclusion of the MPA Mid-Winter Conference.

Honored for Advertising Excellence were The Natchez Democrat, The Greenwood Commonwealth, The Lamar Times in Hattiesburg, The Magee Courier and The Clarksdale Press Register. Awards were handed out Saturday at the Jackson Hilton.

Nancy Brown, advertising manager of The Magee Courier, was singled out for the Advertisement of the Year. She won a $500 cash prize with the award.

Over 40 papers submitted 1,800 entries for the 2013 contest, which was judged this past fall by members of the Hoosier State Press Association in Indiana.

A complete list of BNC winners can be downloaded here.
Photos from Saturday's luncheon can be viewed or downloaded here.

Entries in editorial BNC due March 4

Entries in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest Editorial Division are due Tuesday, March 4, by the close of business.

Entry and criteria packets can be downloaded here.

This year's contest will be judged by the Louisiana Press Association. Winners will be announced in June at the the Joint Mississippi-Louisiana Press Convention at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi.


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