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Join editors, publishers and team members from newspapers and media outlets across the Miss-Lou region for the second Joint Convention of the Louisiana and Mississippi Press Associations this June in the Big Easy.

The meeting will bring together editorial, advertising and other newspaper personnel for two days of training and fellowship in one of America's greatest cities. Events kick off Thursday, June 18, with a grand opening reception on the plaza at the Loews Hotel.


Among many other attractions, New Orleans is home to the magnificent National World War II Museum. Located in the city’s central business district, the museum is affiliated with he Smithsonian Institution and focuses on the Allied victory and the Normandy Invasion, in particular. Friday’s keynote presenter is Morley Piper, a retired newspaper professional who was a veteran of WWII and the Normandy invasion.

A number of discounted tickets will be available to members who wish to tour the museum during their time in the city.


Session speakers include newspaper publisher and advertising pro Peter Wagner, editorial expert Robert Buckman and non-verbal communication expert Jan Hargrave.

As in 2014, this year's joint convention will include the annual awards reception for the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors (APME).


Click here to see a list of who is registered to attend.


Regular registration is $195 per member.

Friday only (June 19) day rate is $150.

Saturday only (June 20) day rate is $100 and includes your state's awards luncheon.

After June 10, a $25 late fee will be applied per registrant.


Click here to register online.

LPA members click here to download a registration from to return by mail, email or fax.

MPA members click here to download a registration from to return by mail, email or fax.


Joint us at Loews New Orleans Hotel on Poydras Street, a short walk from many of New Orleans' unique and historic attractions. The group rate is $149 nightly from June 17-20.

The room block at the hotel is NOW FULL.


Call 1-866-211-6411 to inquire about the availability of rooms at the hotel.



Thursday, June 18

1 pm – Vendor set ups. Parish Hall

            MPA Board Meeting. Terrebonne
2 pm – Registration opens. Parish Hall
            LPA Board Meeting. Acadia
4 pm – LPA Foundation Board Meeting. Acadia
            MPA Education Foundation Board Meeting. Terrebonne
5 pm – Press Camp Opens. Beauregard
7 pm – Opening Reception & Party. Piazza d'Italia

Friday, June 19
8:30 – Registration opens. Parish Hall
           Joint Board Breakfast. St. Tammany
           Fackelman News Group Meeting. St. Landry
           Press Camp Opens. Beauregard
           Silent Auction Opens. Feliciana
9:30 – General Session: "Oil and Water: From Katrina to Deepwater Horizon, Crisis Coverage Along the Gulf Coast" Louisiana Ballroom
10:45 – LPA Stockholders Meeting. St. Tammany
             MPA-MPS Membership Meeting. Terrebonne
Noon – Lunch & Opening Session. Speaker: Morley L. Piper, World War II veteran and retired newspaper executive. Louisiana Ballroom I
2:15 – General Session. "Understanding Nonverbal Communication" presented by Jan Hargrave. Louisiana Ballroom II
3:15 – Free afternoon. World War II Museum tickets available.

Saturday, June 20
8 am – Registration opens. Parish Hall
            Continental breakfast in Silent Auction. Feliciana
            Press Camp opens. Beauregard

• Editorial Faux Pas – Bob Buckman. St. Tammany
• Promotions, Pages, Packages, Programs & Profit – Peter Wagner. St. Landry
• Covering News in the Digital Age. Terrebonne

10:15 – Morning Break in Silent Auction. Feliciana

• 2015 APME Awards Presentation. St. Tammany
• Seven Steps to Selling Success – Peter Wagner. St. Landry
• Personalities & Strategic Listening – Jan Hargrave. Terrebonne

11:45 – Pre-Awards Cocktail Party. Feliciana
12:30 – LPA Awards Luncheon. Louisiana Ballroom I
             MPA Awards Luncheon. Louisiana Ballroom II
2 pm – Emmerich Newspapers Publishers Meeting. St. Landry
            APME Board Meeting. Terrebonne


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