BancorpSouth CEO to be roasted

BancorpSouth retiring chairman and CEO Aubrey B. Patterson will be roasted by the Mississippi Press Association at an annual benefit for its education foundation.

Patterson, 69, has served as executive chairman and chief executive officer of Tupelo-based BancorpSouth since 1991. He previously served as president and CEO from 1983-1991. He currently serves as a board member for the Mississippi Board of Institutions of Higher Learning and is a former director for North Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and earned his masters degree from Michigan State University. He was elected to the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame in 1997.

Roastmaster for the event will again be Sid Salter, director of University Relations at Mississippi State University and longtime syndicated columnist. Tickets for the event will go on sale in late November.

The 23rd annual Roast to benefit the MPA Education Foundation will be held Feb. 7 at the Jackson Marriott Downtown. In over two decades, the event has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the scholarship, internship and grant programs of MPAEF. Click here for more details.

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday morning

A reminder Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday morning, Nov. 4. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before bed time Saturday.

Webinar on new barcode requirements Friday

The MPA Education Foundation and the Online Media campus will sponsor a one-hour webinar on the Intelligent Mail Barcoding Friday, Nov. 3 at 1 pm. New regulations for the use of barcodes take effect in January.

The cost to participate in the webinar is $35 and should be a good investment for anyone who needs and wants to know more about this process. You can find out specific details at the MPA calendar by following this link.

Beginning Jan. 1, newspapers must implement Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) in order to be eligible for USPS automation rates. The webinar will provide an understanding of how you can continue to take advantage of automation pricing. It will cover migration to the Intelligent Mail barcode including creating the barcode, obtaining a Mailer ID, working with your software vender and much more.

The session will be led by Brad Hill, one of the National Newspaper Association’s representatives on the USPS Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee.

The topic will also be addressed by NNA Postal Chairman Max Heath at the ArkLaMiss Circulation Conference Nov. 8-9 in Vicksburg. Click here for more details on the conference.

Task force to review MPA-MPS operations

The MPA-MPS Board of Directors voted at its Oct. 25 meeting to establish a Millennial Task Force to review operations at the two organizations and, specifically, to identify new revenue opportunities for the for-profit press service. The task force will be chaired by MPA Vice President Reece Terry, publisher of the Daily Corinthian.

"With the newspaper industry in a state of profound transition and with opportunities abounding, the Millennial Task Force is charged with reviewing all aspects of MPA/MPS operations," said MPA President Jim Prince, publisher and editor of The Neshoba Democrat. Prince has asked that the task force prepare a report for review by the Board of Directors by Jan. 31, 2013.

With recent declines in ad placement revenues, the task force will consider other streams of income, he said, including outside consulting and broker services to newspapers, specialty advertising products and other possibilities.

Recommendations from the task force will be taken up by the Board during its winter meeting in February and later at a retreat for directors next spring.

Job Bank highlights

New job postings listed with MPA include a senior writer for The Greenwood Commonwealth, advertising director for the Laurel Leader-Call and general assignment reporter for The Mississippi Press and Find out more on these jobs and many others at the MPA Job Bank.

Have a posting for the Job Bank? Email member services coordinator Monica Gilmer. It's a free listing for MPA member newspapers or professionals seeking employment in-state.


Nov. 2           Webinar: Intelligent Mail Barcodes
Nov. 8           ArkLaMiss Conference
Nov. 22-23    Thanksgiving holiday; MPA-MPS office closed
Dec. 24-25    Christmast holiday; MPA-MPS office closed
Jan. 1            New Years holiday; MPA-MPS office closed


Advance Publications reports rise in income

Advance Publications says its revenue is up 22% this year -- a transition period as the company concentrates on digital -- though exact details have not been disclosed. The changeover period hasn't been easy, but “it’s been through this change that I understand the promise and see the impact of technology coming into play. It’s an approach that allows us to do what we need to do but gives us the promise to have the revenue flow we need to provide our communities with the coverage they deserve,” Dan Gaydou, president of Advance’s MLive Media Group, said in a presentation to the Inland Press Association.

Earnings down, but McClatchy says papers profitable

From Sacramento Business Journal

The McClatchy Co. newspapers all remain profitable and the company is trying to be more efficient and innovative, the company says. After announcing early Thursday morning that net income and revenue fell in the third quarter compared to a year ago, Sacramento-based McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) shared additional details of the company’s performance and expectations during a webcast and question-and-answer session with analysts.

Survey finds consumer wariness of online advertising

From Tech Crunch

Adobe has put out some more research into online advertising. This time it’s not an Index of the market but a poll of 1,250 U.S. consumers and marketers’ views on online advertising. The survey makes amusing reading at times –  almost half of the respondents agree ‘online advertising is creepy and stalks you’, and more than half agree that ‘most marketing is a bunch of B.S.’.