Board welcomes new members – Two new members were welcomed to the MPA-MPS Board of Directors during the fall meeting in Biloxi Oct. 15. Tim Reeves, publisher of The Vicksburg Post, and Russell Turner, editor of The Greene County Herald in Leakesville, will each serve a two-year term. Pictured are Reeves (from left), Director Kevin Cooper of The Natchez Democrat, Turner, Immediate Past President Jim Prince of The Neshoba Democrat, and President Joel McNeece of The Calhoun County Journal.

Save the date: Mid-Winter 2016

The annual Mid-Winter Conference will convene at the Hilton Jackson Jan. 28–30, 2016. The event will include the annual Celebrity Roast to benefit the MPA Education Foundation, the Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division Awards Luncheon and a new Wine Pull Reception and Fundraiser.

Also on the agenda are special events to coincide with the beginning of MPA’s Sesquicentennial Year. A committee is planning observances for throughout the year, and events at Mid-Winter will include a breakfast for Past Presidents and a special “trunk show” exhibit of newspaper memorabilia.

Keynote presenter for the conference is noted sales and training consultant Mike Blinder of The Blinder Group, a leading speaker on marrying print and digital sales efforts. Blinder’s company trains advertising managers & sales people how to adapt to the ever-changing media landscape.

He will present two programs, a general session on “Stop Overthinking… Just Sell the Audience!” and an afternoon breakout on  “Being Your Best on Every Sales Call.”

The Wine Pull is a special event that is new to the Mid-Winter agenda and will take place during the Friday evening member reception. Special “numbered corks” will be sold that correspond with bottles of wine that are contributed by members and sponsors. This fun and unique event will benefit the MPA Foundation.

The honoree for the annual Celebrity Roast will be announced in mid-November. Additionally, registrations and hotel reservations will begin being accepted in a couple of weeks. More information on the agenda will be in the mail and delivered via email to members soon.

Still time to register for ArkLaMiss event

The deadline to register for next week’s ArkLaMiss Circulation, Marketing & Audience Development Conference is today, Oct. 30. If you’ve been contemplating attending this informative event, there’s still time to sign up.

The conference is next Thursday-Friday at the Ameristar in Vicksburg. Registration is $95 and can be completed online.

The conference will again be preceded by a Newspaper Management Round Table the morning of Thursday, Nov. 5. There is no additional cost to attend the roundtable, but preregistration is required. If you’re only planning to attend the round Table, you may sign up by sending an email to Monica Gilmer.

Click here for more information. We hope to see you there.

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday

A reminder standard time returns overnight Sunday morning. Be sure to “fall back” and adjust your clocks before bedtime Saturday.

Reminder: Legal hotline available to members

Any survey conducted of MPA members generally ranks the Legal Hotline as one of the most valued benefits of an Association membership.

The Legal Hotline is a multi-prong service that focuses on matters pertaining to libel and privacy issues, freedom of information requests, and government transparency.

Longtime MPA general counsel attorneys John Henegan and Donna Jacobs of Butler Snow PLLC in Ridgeland handle inquiries to the hotline regarding libel and pre- or post-publication story reviews. The attorneys can also review advertisements which publishers or editors may find worrisome or otherwise problematic.

Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information attorney Leonard Van Slyke with the Brunini firm in Jackson is the adviser for FOI and government access.

Members who have questions pertaining to libel, privacy, or freedom of information can send their inquiries to You may also email stories on which you are working – or which have already published – to this address for review by the attorneys.

Or you may call 601-981-3060 and learn more about which attorney can better help with your issue.

The costs of the Legal Hotline are underwritten by member dues paid annually to MPA.

Trips to State, coast, Prentiss mark passages

A recent visit to Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State on a hot Thursday afternoon in September yielded a trove of material that will be put to good use during MPA’s 150th anniversary observances next year.

Some members may recall that MPA donated its archives of documents and photos to the library at State a little over 15 years ago. Over time, we’ve added to the collection by delivering a few boxes every now and then of material that really didn’t need to be in the office anymore, but, for whatever reason, I could not bear to part with.


Read the latest edition of Fourth Estate
The fall edition of Fourth Estate, MPA's quarterly newspaper, is now 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.


Gannett, owner of The Clarion-Ledger and Hattiesburg American, announced in early October the acquisition of Journal Media Group. The deal, which involves 14 markets, includes The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and the Knoxville News-SentinelScoop the News Cat is the new social media mascot for The Itawamba County Times in Fulton… The Prentiss Headlight pays tribute to longtime editor and general manager and MPA Past President Patsy Speights who died Sept. 29 at age 70.


Nov. 5-6      ArkLaMiss Conference, Vicksburg, MS
Nov. 5         Webinar – Simplify Your Rate Card: Go Modular
Nov. 19       Webinar – In-Depth, Enterprising News
Nov. 26-27  Thanksgiving holiday. MPA office closed.
Dec. 24-25  Christmas. MPA office closed
Jan. 1          New Year’s. MPA office closed
Jan. 28        MPA-MPS Board of Directors Meeting. Hilton Jackson
Jan. 28        MPAEF Celebrity Roast. Hilton Jackson
Jan. 29-30   MPA Mid-Winter Conference. Hilton Jackson

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