All-star lineup set for ArkLaMiss Conference

An all-star roster of speakers on topics ranging from promotions to postal to reader growth and retention is set for the annual ArkLaMiss Circulation, Marketing and Audience Development Conference in Vicksburg Nov. 5-6.

The event, sponsored annually by the Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana press associations, will be held at the Ameristar Hotel and Casino.

Paul Felicissimo, corporate director of audience development and operations for GateHouse Media, will be the keynote speaker, covering the latest trends in audience growth and retention, both in print and digital. Prior to joining GateHouse as vice president of circulation, Felicissimo served as circulation director for newspapers in Poughkeepsie and White Plains, NY, as well as in various circulation positions for Gannett.

Rich Brest, owner of Subscriber Promotions and a frequent exhibitor at the conference, will lead a Friday morning session on campaigns aimed at growing readers and revenue. Brest spent 16 years as a circulation professional at newspapers of various sizes for companies such as Gannett and Thomson.

Newspaper management consultant Helen Sosniecki will again be available to review member newspaper postal statements with an eye out for improving efficiencies and cost savings. Appointments with Sosniecki will be available in 15-minute windows, and attendees can sign up for one at the conference registration desk. If you want to have your postal statement reviewed, be sure to bring a recent copy of your paperwork with you to the event.

As is customary, Dennis Dunn, operations manager for The Anniston (AL) Star will lead Friday morning’s Hot Ideas Exchange over breakfast. Attendees are encouraged to share success stories on promotions, cost savings and operations.

A pre-conference Newspaper Management Round Table will again be held prior to the official start of the program this year. The round table will address a number of newspaper management topics and be held the morning of Nov. 5. There is no added cost to attend the round table, but attendees are asked to pre-register.

Registration is underway and can be completed online. Room rate for the conference is $69 nightly. Call the Ameristar at 1-855-888-7281 and reference ArkLaMiss to make your reservations.

National Newspaper Week begins Saturday

This year marks the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week (NNW), October 4-10, 2015.  This observance underscores the impact of newspapers to communities large and small.

A National Newspaper Week content kit contains editorials, editorial cartoons, promotional ads and more that are available for download at no charge. NNW is sponsored and coordinated by Newspaper Association Managers, Inc., a consortium of North American trade associations representing the industry on a state and provincial, regional and national basis.

MPA is proud to be the coordinating association for this year's observance.

The theme of this year’s NNW is “Power of the Press.”

Click here for more information or to download the NNW material.

BNC Advertising Division deadline is Tuesday

The deadline to enter the 2015 Better Newspaper Advertising Division is rapidly approaching. Entries are due to MPA by next Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Criteria and entry instructions for the contest can be found here. Most entries will be uploaded via the new contest website, however, certain categories such as special sections, will still require mail-in entries.

If you have questions about this process, contact Member Services Manager Monica Gilmer, 601-981-3060.

Awards for the BNC Advertising Division will be presented Saturday, Jan. 30, during the Mid-Winter Conference at the Jackson Hilton Hotel.

JUDGES NEEDED: Volunteers from MPA are needed to assist with the judging of the North Carolina Press Association newspaper contest. All judging will take place online or by tearsheets mailed directly to you. To volunteer or for more information, contact Monica Gilmer.

Reminder: Statements of Ownership now due

A reminder your Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation is due to your local postmaster by the close of business Thursday, Oct. 1.

A copy of USPS Form 3526 can be downloaded here.

Postal statements are due annually and must be published in daily and semi-weekly newspapers by Oct. 10. Weekly newspapers have until Oct. 31 to publish the information.

Webinar Oct. 16 on labor law, overtime revisions

The Online Media Campus will host a one-hour webinar Friday, Oct. 16 at 1 pm to discuss developments in labor law, independent contractor status and the proposed changes to overtime rules and regulations. Sweeping changes are being proposed that will radically up the number of overtime-eligible workers.

Read more about the proposals here.

Presenter Mike Zinser, a Nashville attorney, is a leading expert on these topics.

This webinar and others are made available through a partnership of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association with support from the MPA Education Foundation.

The cost of the webinar is $35. You can follow this link to register.

Legislature makes news even when it's not in session

It’s March 1. The Legislature is in full swing. Your newsroom is primed to follow every twist and turn in the legislative hallways. As the saying goes, “The lawmakers are back. Protect your pocketbooks.” Newsrooms are on full alert to follow and translate the impact of legislative decisions on your readers’ everyday lives.

Fast forward to the waning summer. The Legislature is the last thing on your newsroom’s radar, right?


The dog days of summer provide an excellent opportunity to check in on the actions of policy-makers as new laws take effect. It’s a chance to inform and educate your readers as well as hold your legislators accountable.


Read the latest edition of Fourth Estate
The summer edition of the Fourth Estate, MPA's quarterly newspaper, is available online. Printed copies were also mailed to all members. If you or your staff have news to share through the monthly eBulletin or Fourth Estate, let us know.


Nathan Edwards has been named president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Media. He succeeds Jason Taylor who is now publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal… Longtime Jackson-based AP correspondent Jack Elliott retired recentlyThe Meridian Star is looking for a new publisher after the recent departure of Tim Holder.


Oct. 1-3      National Newspaper Association Convention, St. Charles, MO
Oct. 4-10    National Newspaper Week
Oct. 6         BNC Advertising Division entry deadline
Oct. 15       MPA-MPS Board Meeting, White House Hotel, Biloxi
Oct. 16       WEBINAR – What You Need to Know About Overtime and Independent Contractor Laws
Nov. 5         Newspaper Managers Round Table, Vicksburg, MS
Nov. 5-6      ArkLaMiss Conference, Vicksburg, MS
Nov. 26-27  Thanksgiving holiday. MPA office closed.

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