Convention returns to Beau June 23-25

The annual convention of the Mississippi Press Association will feature two forums for candidates seeking the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, a discussion on improving the image of newspapers and the presentation of awards for excellence in news reporting, commentary and visuals in the Better Newspaper Contest. The event will be held June 23-25 at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi.

The convention gets underway with an opening reception Thursday evening, June 23. Programs Friday morning include a keynote presentation on "Telling Our Story," improving the image of newspapers, and the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum. Saturday sessions include programs on a variety of newspaper and editorial topics, as well as the Lieutenant Governor Candidate Forum and the annual BNC awards luncheon.

Room rates are $139 nightly for Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 and 23, and $179 nightly for Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25. Call the Beau Rivage reservation line at 1-888-567-6667 and mention the Mississippi Press Association for the group rate. You can also make reservations online at the Beau's MPA Convention page.

The reservation deadline is May 23, 2011, after which neither MPA nor the Beau Rivage can guarantee rooms at the discounted rates.

Vendors can download the event brochure and overview by clicking here.

Hall of Fame nomination deadline Friday

The deadline to nominate individuals for induction into the Mississippi Press Association Hall of Fame is Friday, April 1.

Inductees must be natives of Mississippi or have made significant contributions to journalism while working in the state. The 2011 honoree will be inducted during the 145th Annual Convention June 24 in Biloxi.

Click here to download a nomination form.

AP makes Civil War package available

This year marks the sesquicentennial of The Civil War. As a service to Mississippi newspapers, the Associated Press is making available a package of four dozen images from the war at a discounted price of $75. Your newspaper may purchase the package regardless of whether or not you are an AP member.

Learn more from the AP Images website.

Webinars focus on video, social media

Upcoming webinars co-sponsored by the MPA Education Foundation will focus on videography for newspapers and social media.

Video Reporting in a Print Environment will be presented Friday, April 15 at 1 pm. Social Media Ethics will follow on Thursday, April 21 at 1 p.m.

All sessions are coordinated and presented by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Iowa Newspaper Foundation in conjunction with MPAEF. Registration fee is $35 for each session.

Future webinars include presentations in May on grammar and structure in reporting, digital news content and trademarks and sales basics.

Find out more information or how to register at the MPA website.


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