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Members of the MPA-MPS Board and guests tour the Delta Research and Extension Center facility in Stoneville in advance of their recent meeting. Pictured are Director Jackie Hampton (from left), Jennifer Turner, President Paul Keane, DREC communications manager and MPA Associate member Kenner Patton, MPA Immediate Past President Joel McNeece and Director Russell Turner.

Mid-Winter Conference set Jan. 26-27

Nationally renowned sales trainer Ryan Dohrn will keynote the upcoming MPA Mid-Winter Conference this January in Jackson.

The event will be Jan. 25-27 at the Hilton Jackson and again kick off with the annual Celebrity Roast to benefit the program of work of the MPA Education Foundation.  

Dorhn is the principal of Brain Swell Media and is the creator of the Selling Backwards and 360 Ad Sales System used by thousands of sales executives around the world. He has helped companies build over $500 million in sales revenues, overseen nearly 2,000 web site builds and has been hired as a professional business speaker for scores of national, regional and state trade groups. He recently covered the advertising and revenue track during the MPA-LPA Joint Convention in Biloxi.

Also on the Mid-Winter agenda is a boot camp for newspaper sales reps, covering the basics of time management and prospecting, as well as round table sessions and panel discussions on niche products and event marketing.

Friday evening’s reception will include another Wine Pull benefit for the MPA Foundation. The event will also include the traditional Silver Dollar Breakfast Idea Exchange and culminate with the presentation of the Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Awards.

Registration for the event will open in November. Further details on hotel reservations and the agenda will arrive soon by mail and email.

There's still time to register for ArkLaMiss

The ArkLaMiss Circulation, Marketing & Audience Development Conference is rapidly approaching, Nov. 9-10, at the Ameristar Hotel and Casino in Vicksburg.

There is still time to register for the event.

Keynote presenter for the conference is Zach Ahrens, president and publisher of Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal. He has served as publisher in Topeka since Oct. 2015, and previously served as publisher for Log Cabin Media in Conway, Ark.

The event will also include a Hot Ideas Idea Exchange breakfast and be preceded by a newspaper managers round table Thursday morning, Nov. 9, at 9 am. A full agenda and registration materials can be found on the conference webpage.

Time to renew press credentials for 2018

MPA is offering photo ID badges for newspaper and affiliate members for $12 each. The credit-card sized badges are laminated and include a photo of the staffer.

All cards issued bear the signature of MPA President Paul Keane and are valid for two years through Dec. 31, 2019.

Click here for more information or to download the order form.

These special order badges do not replace the traditional MPA press cards that are mailed to each publisher in January. For more information, contact Member Services Manager Monica Gilmer, 601-981-3060.

Imes appointed to MPA-MPS board

The general manager of The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the MPA-MPS Board of Directors.

Peter Imes will fill the remainder of the term left vacant by the resignation of Tim Reeves, former publisher of The Vicksburg Post.

Imes is a fourth-generation newspaperman and the son of Dispatch publisher Birney Imes, III. He is a former member of the MPA Education Foundation Board of Directors. His term will run until 2020.

"We're very pleased Peter will join us on the Board," said MPA-MPS President Paul Keane, publisher of The Wayne County News. "We are fortunate to have someone with his skill and enthusiasm for community newspapers and local journalism help shape the future of this organization."


» Diane Makamson, publisher of The Bolivar Commercial, was recently presented the S.E. Kossman, Jr. Award for service by the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet. » MPA Board member Pat Brown, publisher of The Magee Courier and the Simpson County News, was the Community Award recipient at an the annual luncheon of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Jackson. He serves on the board of the MCADV Member Shelter program. » HottyToddy.com was recently approved as the newest Digital Affiliate Member of MPA. Two new Associate Members were also approved: Venture South Media, publisher of Laurel-based Venture South Magazine, and Reeves Consulting, a Vicksburg-based editorial and design consulting firm.

Please, don't deny the children

EDITOR’S NOTE – The Biloxi School District recently announced the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” had been re-added to the eighth grade curriculum.

“I’m not understanding really, what the big controversy is.”—Biloxi School District Supt. Arthur McMillan.

Well, let me educate a superintendent of education.

In 1960, a very nice, quintessentially Southern lady named Harper Lee published what I believe to be one of the finest novels ever written about anything, and the finest novel ever written about the early 20th Century South. After her editor nixed two other would be titles, they both settled upon “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

It is a masterpiece. I have read it more than 20 times.

It won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Two years later, it was made into a movie starring Gregory Peck. It won the Academy Award for “Best Motion Picture.” I have seen it more times than I can count.

Last week some knuckleheads within the administration of the Biloxi School District pulled it from the 8th grade curriculum.
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before bedtime Saturday night.
Read the latest edition of Fourth Estate
The fall edition of 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.


Nov. 9
Webinar – Engaging Readers with Email Newsletters
Nov. 9-10
ArkLaMiss Conference, Vicksburg
Nov. 16
Webinar – What Works and What Doesn’t For Site Design
Nov. 23-24
Thanksgiving holiday. MPA office closed
Dec. 25
Christmas. MPA office closed
Jan. 1
New Year’s Day. MPA office closed
Jan. 25
MPAEF Board meeting, Hilton Jackson
Jan. 25
MPAEF Celebrity Roast, Hilton Jackson
Jan. 26
MPA/MPS board meetings, Hilton Jackson
Jan. 26
Mid-Winter Conference, Hilton Jackson
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