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MPA-LPA Joint Convention

Joint meeting of the Mississippi and Louisiana press associations.

7/6/2017 to 7/8/2017
When: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Where: Golden Nugget Biloxi
151 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, Mississippi  39530
United States
Contact: Monica Gilmer

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Local Journalism is Real News

The importance of local journalism as being a source of "Real News" will highlight portions of the Joint MPA-LPA Convention on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this summer. Two hundred media professionals from the Miss-Lou region are expected to attend.


Registration is now open. Reservations are being accepted at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, site of the July 6-8 meeting.

Events begin Thursday with individual state board meetings and the opening reception. Panel discussions are planned Friday, July 7, on the “Fake News” phenomenon, as well as “Threats to Transparency and the Public’s Right to Know.”


Mike Wilson, editor of The Dallas Morning News, is the keynote speaker for the Friday opening luncheon.


Wilson began his career at the Miami Herald, where he worked for 12 years as a writer and editor. He joined the St. Petersburg Times in 1994, serving for 18 years as a writer, editor and, finally, managing editor. His staff won two Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure.


In 2013 he moved to ESPN in New York to become the founding managing editor of Nate Silver's data journalism website, FiveThirtyEight. He joined the Dallas Morning News in February 2015.


Speaker tracks include sessions on reporting, revenue, public notice advertising and technology. The roster of presenters includes Al Cross of the Institute for Rural Journalism and editor of The Rural Blog; Jeff Amy of the Associated Press; Lisa Tackett Griffin of Boone Newspapers; Ed Henninger of Henninger Consulting; and Ryan Dorhn of Brainswell Media.

The annual Silent Auction to benefit the MPA and LPA foundations will be held Friday and Saturday. Donations are now being accepted.

Events culminate with the annual state newspaper awards contest luncheons on Saturday at noon. The traditional post-convention schooner cruise will take place Saturday evening.

AGENDA as of June 6


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Click the REGISTER button at the top of the page to complete registration online. Online registration closes Sunday, July 2.
Click here to download a registration form to return by fax, mail or email.





Hotel deadline is Monday, June 19. Room rates – July 5-6: $99 (standard king), $119 (balcony room, as available); July 7-8: $199 (standard king), $219 (balcony room, as available).

Click here to make reservations online. Or call the Golden Nugget toll-free at 1-800-777-7568 and reference the group code S176161

The room block is now closed. If you are still in need of reservations, contact Monica Gilmer, 601-981-3060.



Click here to see a list of items up for bids at this year's event. Have a donation to make? Click here to download a donation form. Proceeds benefit the MPA and LPA foundations.

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