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The annual Mid-Winter Conference returns to Jackson’s Hilton Hotel on County Line Road Jan. 30-31, 2015.

A number of sessions on industry and revenue topics are planned, including presentations on “Just the Basics” for new ad personnel and panel discussions on best practices for contract negotiations and competing with direct mail.

Tim Smith, a noted expert speaker on sales topics, will lead several sessions at the meeting, including one program on “How to Bundle and Sell Print in a Digital World.”

Jason Taylor, president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger, will be the luncheon speaker Friday, Jan. 30.

Teresa Revlett
, Director of Sales for Kentucky Press Services, will lead a three-hour session on Friday afternoon for sales reps who are new to newspapers. “Just the Basics” will focus on key terms, metrics and other nuts and bolts aspects of selling newspaper print and digital products.

There will also be a special demonstration of MPA’s new online contest entry system that will debut for the Better Newspaper Editorial Division in 2015.

The conference will culminate Saturday, Jan. 31, with the presentation of the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest Advertising Division Awards.

Early bird registration is $209 per member and is available through Jan. 9, 2015.
Regular registration is $219 per member and is available through Jan. 23, 2015.

After Jan. 23, attendees must register on-site and pay an additional $15 late fee.


Download a complete registration packet.

Click here to see a list of registered attendees.

Join us at the Jackson Hilton at the conference group rate of $99 nightly. Reservations should be made by Jan. 15 to ensure attendees receive the discount. The MPA room block is now full. To make reservations at the Hilton, click here.


For alternate lodging options, try the nearby Courtyard by Marriott or Drury Inn.



Thursday, January 29

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

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

7 pm – MPA Education Foundation Celebrity Roast of Gov. William Winter. Grand Ballroom


Friday, January 30

8 am – Registration desk opens. Continental breakfast available.

9 am – Opening Remarks & Welcome. Diplomat

Remarks by MPA President Joel McNeece, publisher of The Calhoun County Journal, and Blake Wilson, President, Mississippi Economic Council

9:30 – GENERAL SESSION – "Sales by the Numbers." Diplomat

10:30 – Coffee Break. Regency Hall

10:45 – GENERAL SESSION – "8 Steps to a Successful Sales Presentation." Diplomat

Noon – Luncheon. Keynote speaker: Jason Taylor, President & Publisher, The Clarion-Ledger. Penthouse ballroom


  • "How to Bundle Print with Digital Sales." Amphitheater I
  • "Just the Basics: Sales Boot Camp." Diplomat I
  • MPA Online Contest Demo. Diplomat II

3 pm – Coffee & Cookie Break


  • "Time & Territory Management." Amphitheater I
  • "Just the Basics: Sales Boot Camp" (continues). Diplomat I
  • Publishers & Managers Roundtable. Diplomat II

6 pm – Reception. Entertainment by Chris Gill

Dinner on your own

9 pm – Hospitality suite. Port Gibson


Saturday, January 31

8 am – Registration desk opens

8:30 – Silver Dollar Breakfast Idea Exchange. Salon A

Bring your best revenue and cost-saving ideas. Drawing for cash prizes for participants. You must enter your idea in advance of the session to be eligible. Click here to download a submission form.

10 am – Coffee break and checkout


Sales prospecting, design, MPS networks, special sections, multimedia and more

11:45 – Break. Regency Hall

Noon – Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon. Salon A

2 pm – Conference adjourns

2 pm – Emmerich Group Publishers Meeting. Diplomat

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