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The annual Mid-Winter Conference returns to the Hilton Jackson on County Line Road Jan. 26-28, 2017. The annual sales and business conference for newspaper media will focus on print and digital revenue streams, as well as round table discussions on best design practices and weekly newspaper management topics.

The event will include the annual Celebrity Roast to benefit the MPA Education Foundation, the Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division Awards Luncheon and a Friday evening Mississippi Made products reception.


Sales specialist Diane Ciotta will be the conference keynote presenter.

After two decades in sales and sales management, Ciotta established Training Classics in 1989 as a sales refinement company committed to presenting integrity based techniques. A New Jersey native, Ciotta presents seminars across the country for a number of industry groups.


The honoree for the annual Celebrity Roast is longtime artist, author and broadcaster Marshall Ramsey. A native of Georgia, Ramsey is editorial cartoonist for The Clarion-Ledger and an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee. A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Ramsey is also a host for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and MPB Think Radio.

His cartoons are nationally syndicated and he has authored two books. A cancer survivor, he has been honored by the Melanoma Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society for his efforts to raise awareness and funds for research.


Friday evening's Mississippi Made reception will feature a variety of exhibitors of art and food products made and marketed here in the Magnolia State.

The conference will culminate Saturday, Jan. 28, with the presentation of the 2016 Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division Awards.

Regular registration is $225 per member and is available through Jan. 20, 2017.

After Jan. 20, attendees must register on-site and pay an additional $15 late fee.


» Click here for online registration.

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

Join us at the Jackson Hilton at the conference group rate of $99 nightly. The deadline for the group rate is Jan. 13. To make reservations, click here.


The group block has now expired for this event. If you need assistance with accommodations, contact Monica Gilmer, 601-981-3060. 



Thursday, January 26

11 am – MPA-MPS Board of Directors Meeting.
3 pm – MPA Education Foundation Board of Directors Meeting

4 pm – MCFOI Board Meeting
6 pm – MPA Legislative Reception

7 pm – MPA Education Foundation Celebrity Roast of Marshall Ramsey


Friday, January 27

8 am – Registration desk opens.

Continental breakfast available.

9 am – Opening Remarks & Welcome. Diplomat

Remarks by MPA President Don Norman, publisher of the Starkville Daily News

9:15 – GENERAL SESSION – "Integrity Speaks Louder Than Words." Presented by Diane Ciotta.

10:30 – Coffee Break

11 am – GENERAL SESSION continues

Noon – Luncheon. Speaker: David Chavern, CEO, News Media Alliance


» "Skills Enhancement Power Sessions." Presented by Diane Ciotta

» "Best Practices for Design: Print & Digital." Moderated by David Gustafson

» "Turn Digital Dimes Into Digital Dollars" Presented by Rick Rogers, Vice President,

2:45 – Coffee & Cookie Break


» "Skills Enhancement Power Sessions" continues. Presented by Diane Ciotta

» "Weekly Publishers Round Table." Moderated by Paul Keane

» "Turn Digital Dimes Into Digital Dollars" repeats

4:30 – Free Time

6 pm –Mississippi Made Products Reception

Foundation fundraiser event with music, food samples, heavy hors d'oeuvres and Mississippi products exhibits

10 pm – Hospitality suite


Saturday, January 28

8 am – Registration desk opens

8:30 – Silver Dollar Breakfast Idea Exchange.

Bring your best revenue and cost-saving ideas. Drawing for cash prizes for participants.


» "Don't Compete Against Digital: Sell It!" Moderated by Julie Darling, Mississippi Press Services

» "Legal FAQs About Advertising." Presented by John C. Henegan, Butler Snow, LLP

11:30 – Break.

Noon – Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon.

2 pm – Conference adjourns


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