|Mid-Winter Conference 2016|
The annual Mid-Winter Conference returns to Jackson’s Hilton Hotel on County Line Road Jan. 28-30, 2016.
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.
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.
After Jan. 22, attendees must register on-site and pay an additional $15 late fee.
» Click here to download a registration form to return by mail, fax or email.
» Click here to see a list of registered attendees as of Jan. 13
A limited number of registration expense grants are available from the MPA Education Foundation on a first-come, first-served basis. Please, only one application per newspaper. Click here for details and an application.
Thursday, January 28
11 am – MPA-MPS Board of Directors Meeting. Jacksonian Board Room
4 pm – MCFOI Board Meeting
7 pm – MPA Education Foundation Celebrity Roast of Congressman Gregg Harper. Grand Ballroom
Friday, January 29
8 am – Registration desk opens. Continental breakfast available.
Past President's Breakfast. Crowne Room
9:30 am – Opening Remarks & Welcome. Diplomat
Remarks by MPA President Joel McNeece, publisher of The Calhoun County Journal.
9:45 – GENERAL SESSION – "Stop Overthinking! Just Sell the Audience." Presented by Mike Blinder. Diplomat
10:45 – Coffee Break. Regency Hall
11 am – GENERAL SESSION continues. Diplomat
Noon – Luncheon. Invited speaker: Gov. Phil Bryant. Penthouse.
1:30 – CONCURRENT SESSIONS
» "Being Your Best on Every Sales Call." Presented by Mike Blinder. Amphitheater I
» "Newspapering in the Cloud." Presented by C Spire. Amphitheater II
» "What's New in Photoshop." Presented by Lisa Griffin. Crowne
2:45 – Coffee & Cookie Break
3:15 – ROUND TABLES with Refreshments. Diplomat
Multiple topics in 15-minute sessions with beer, pretzels and great conversation.
» Technology – Moderated by Lisa Griffin, Boone Newspapers
4:30 – Free Time
6 pm – Wine Pull Reception & Entertainment. Penthouse
Foundation fundraiser event with heavy hors d'oeuvres and Mississippi products exhibits
9 pm – Hospitality suite. Port Gibson
Saturday, January 30
8 am – Registration desk opens
8:30 – Silver Dollar Breakfast Idea Exchange. Salon A
10 am – CONCURRENT SESSIONS
» "Newspaper Technology Tips." Presented by Lisa Griffin. Crowne
» "How to do Print in the Digital Age" Presented by Mr. Magazine Dr. Samir Husni. Diplomat II
» Government Affairs Committee. Diplomat I
11:30 – Break. Regency Hall
Noon – Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon. Salon A
2 pm – Conference adjourns
2 pm – Emmerich Group Publishers Meeting. Diplomat I