The Board of Directors and staff of MPA-MPS wish all of our members and clients a very Happy Thanksgiving. Our office will be closed Nov. 25-26 for the holiday, reopening Monday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m.

Mid-Winter Conference Jan. 21-22

MPA's annual Mid-Winter Conference is set for Jan. 21-22 in Downtown Jackson at the historic King Edward Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. The beautifully-restored hotel reopened one year ago and has become an icon of redevelopment for the capital city.

The conference will convene Friday morning with a keynote presentation by Tony Casale, CEO of American Opinion Research, on "The State of the Newspaper Industry" and "Revamping the Newspaper Business Model." AOR is a leading media research firm that focuses on building readership and revenue.

Other presenters include Leonard Woolsey, a group publisher for Paxton Media Group's Georgia division, MPA General Counsel John Henegan of the Butler Snow law firm and popular software trainer Lisa Tackett Griffin.

Highlights of the conference include the annual Silver Dollar Breakfast idea exchange and the Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division awards luncheon.

Registration will open in December. Reservations can be made in the MPA block at the Hilton Garden Inn for $109 nightly. Call the hotel reservations line at 1-877-782-9444 and reference the Mississippi Press Association. Or you may make your reservations online here using the group code MPA.

Send rate updates to MPS

Newspaper members are reminded to send their rate updates for 2011 to MPS as soon as possible. Rate adjustments need to be entered into MPS' One System soon so that we can quote accurate figures to clients for the coming year.

Forward rate cards by email to Andrea Ross or by fax to 601-981-3676.

Keenum Roast tickets now on sale

Tickets for the Jan. 20 roast of Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum to benefit the MPA Education Foundation are now on sale.

You can purchase tickets online at mspress.org or by downloading the order form and returning by mail or fax. Individual tickets are $80; a table of eight is available for $600. Ticket purchases are tax deductible since proceeds benefit the scholarship and internship programs of MPAEF.

Keenum was named MSU's 19th president in 2008. A former MSU faculty member, he was serving as Undersecretary of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture at the time of his appointment.

Sid Salter, Perspective editor of The Clarion-Ledger and past Roast honoree, will again serve as roastmaster.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Order 2011 ID badges now


MPA is offering photo ID badges for newspaper members for $10 each. The credit-card sized badges are laminate and include a photo of the staffer.

All cards issued bear the signature of the MPA president and are valid through Dec. 31, 2011. 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 informartion, contact Member Services Coordinator Monica Gilmer.


INDUSTRY HEADLINES

Newspapers reach 3 in 4 adults weekly

From Newspaper Association of America  | More than 71 percent of adults, or 165.6 million people, read a newspaper in print or online in the last week, according to the latest data from Scarborough Research. The company examined newspaper readership as part of its USA+ Study (Release 1, 2010), a survey of more than 210,000 adults that captures media patterns and other consumer behaviors of adults across the country.

City proposes posting legal notices on own website

From The Knoxville News-Sentinel  | Chattanooga officials are hoping to change state law so meeting announcements and legal notices can be posted on the city website, eliminating newspaper advertising. The city said it paid the Chattanooga Times Free Press about $75,000 for legal notices two years ago and $91,000 last year.

Murdoch's digital Daily attracting big names

From Yahoo!'s The Cutline | News Corp. has so far managed to keep the details of its nascent tablet "newspaper" under lock and key. But it appears that the forthcoming digital publication, simply called The Daily, is starting to take shape. In fact, The Daily, which is said to be Rupert Murdoch's digital baby, is on a bit of a hiring spree.