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Convention returns to Biloxi for sesquicentennial year


MPA will celebrate its sesquicentennial year during the 150th Annual Convention at Biloxi’s Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. The event is set June 23-25.

The agenda includes sessions led by technology and transition expert Russell Viers, panel discussions on Freedom of Information and the 2016 legislative session. Extra curricular activities include the annual golf outing and post-convention schooner cruise.

Viers is a publishing industry analyst and speaker. He is an Adobe Certified Instructor in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. He is a highly sought-after technical speaker and trainer worldwide, owing to his expertise and and entertaining style.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will deliver the keynote address to open the convention, touching on the history and impact of associations in Mississippi. Hosemann, elected Mississippi’s Secretary of State in 2007, is a native of Warren County and earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi. He was presented the S. Gale Denley Memorial Journalism Award from the MPA Education Foundation in 2014.

Also on tap are a panel discussion on “The Ethics Commission and the Press,” featuring Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Hood, Forest Thigpen of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, and Leonard Van Slyke, attorney for the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information.

Former Sun Herald editor Stan Tiner will be inducted into the MPA Hall of Fame during the President's Banquet Friday evening. Tiner retired in 2015 after leading the newspaper's editorial department for 15 years, during which it won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service following its coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Other events include the Silent Auction benefit for the MPA Education Foundation and the Better Newspaper Contest Editorial Division Awards Luncheon. Donations are now being accepted for the annual auction benefit.

Regular registration is $225 per member and is available through June 16, 2016.

After June 16, an additional $15 fee per full or partial registrant will apply.


» Click here for online registration.

» Click here to download a registration form to return by email or fax. 

» Or Download the convention packet with complete details.


Make your reservations today at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi on Mississippi’s beautiful gulf coast. The MPA group rate is $99 for June 22-23, and $189 for June 24-25.

The Golden Nugget is now sold out on dates of the convention (as of June 10). Alternate lodging suggestions include the Double Tree by Hilton (2.5 miles, rooms starting at $249 nightly), The White House Hotel (3.1 miles, rooms starting at $190), or The Palace Casino Resort (0.3 miles, rooms starting at $149).


Click here to see a list of registrants as of June 10, 2016.



Thursday, June 23

1 pm – MPA-MPS Board of Directors Meeting.

             Registration desk opens
4 pm – MPA Education Foundation Board of Directors Meeting. 

6 pm – Opening reception sponsored by Mississippi State University

Dinner on your own


Friday, June 24

7:30 am  – Registration desk opens

8 am –  Breakfast sponsored by Mississippi Power

             Silent Auction opens

8:30 – MPA-MPS Annual Business Meeting

9:15 am – Opening Ceremonies & Welcome.

Remarks by MPA President Joel McNeece, publisher of The Calhoun County Journal


           "Strength In Numbers." Readership Survey Results


           Speaker: Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann

10:30 – Break in Silent Auction

10:30 – Golf Outing Tee Time at Shell Landing Course


            "The Power of Process." Speaker: Russell Viers

12:15 pm – Break for Afternoon

4 pm – Past Presidents Hospitality Suite by invitation

6 pm – President's Reception sponsored by Butler Snow PLLC

7 pm – President's Gala & Hall of Fame Ceremony sponsored by C Spire

9 pm – Dessert & Hospitality Reception sponsored by the University of Mississippi


Saturday, June 25

7:30 am – Registration desk opens

8 am – Breakfast in Silent Auction sponsored by Emmerich Newspapers


» "Adobe in the Cloud, Part I" Presented by Russell Viers

» "Government Affairs and the Legislature in 2016"

Panel featuring Hayes Dent, Steve Browning, Sen. Brice Wiggins & Rep. David Baria. Moderated by Tim Kalich, The Greenwood Commonwealth

10:15 – Break in SIlent Auction


» "Adobe Creative Cloud, Part II" Presented by Russell Viers

» "Ethics Complaints & The Press"

Panel feature Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Hood, Forest Thigpen, Mississippi Justice Institute, Peter Imes of The Commercial Dispatch, & Leonard Van Slyke, attorney, Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information. 

11:45 – Break. Silent auction closes at 12:15 sharp

12:15 – Better Newspaper Contest Editorial Division Awards Luncheon sponsored by AMG Parade

2 pm – Emmerich Newspapers group meeting

6 pm – Sunset Schooner Cruise sponsored by Mississippi Economic Council


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