Each spring since 1999, the MPA Education Foundation hosts a one-day workshop for Mississippi college and university students majoring in journalism or communications. The O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference brings before these students noted Mississippi journalists, educators and artisans during a special program at a venue in or near the state capital.
The conference is named after the late O.C. McDavid, former managing editor of The Jackson Daily News, who actively pursued a second career as an artist and sculptor after retiring from journalism. MPA is proud to focus a portion of these sessions on coverage of community lifestyles and the arts.
The event includes a luncheon and the presentation of the annual Better Newspaper Contest Student Division awards at the conclusion of the day's activities. Attendees receive a copy of "My Name is O.C.," McDavid's autobiography.
The conference was established after a generous donation to the MPA Education Foundation from McDavid's family in his memory.
Click here for information on the 2013 event.
Beth Boone, Foundation Coordinator
MPA Education Foundaton