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Prince re-elected MPA-MPS president

JACKSON, Miss. – A Philadelphia publisher was re-elected president of the Mississippi Press Association during the trade group's 147th annual convention in Biloxi June 21.

James E. "Jim" Prince, III, will serve a second one-year term as president of the state newspaper association and its advertising services subsidiary. He becomes the first publisher to serve back-to-back terms in 23 years. ??

Prince is president of Prince Newspaper Holdings Inc., which publishes The Neshoba Democrat in Philadelphia, the Madison County Journal in suburban Jackson and the Kemper County Messenger in DeKalb. ??The company also publishes Madison Magazine and Neshoba Magazine.??

In remarks during the President's Banquet at the MPA Convention, Prince underscored the strength of the newspaper industry and of MPA members.

"Seven of 10 Mississippians read a printed newspaper or visit a newspaper's website regularly. That's more than 1.5 million consumers," he said.

He called on publishers and editors to continue doing good work for the communities they serve.

"For us, content matters. Good newspapers that serve their communities well will survive and thrive. Go out of your way to get more names and faces in print. Put additional content on the web, but don't give it away for free.

"We may have to rethink our business model in places where the local economy is drying up and move toward subscription-based revenue. There are challenges, but I have confidence we will overcome and prevail."??

Also re-elected to leadership positions at the 2013 convention were Calhoun County Journal publisher Joel McNeece, elected First Vice President; Daily Corinthian publisher Reece Terry, who will serve as Second Vice President; and Starkville Daily News publisher Don Norman, who was elected treasurer. Vicksburg Post general manager Jimmy Clark will continue serving on the board as immediate past president. ??

Re-elected to three-year terms as Directors were Tracie Fowler, general manager of the Hattiesburg American; Paul Keane, editor and publisher of The Wayne County News; and James Arrington Goff, executive editor of The News-Commercial, in Collins.

Newspapers singled out for distinction in the annual Better Newspaper Contest  during the convention include The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, The Natchez Democrat and the Greenwood Commonwealth, each chosen as first place winners in their respective circulation classes for General Excellence among daily publications. Non-dailies cited for excellence include The Northside Sun and Mississippi Business Journal, both in Jackson, and The Petal News.

Established in 1866, MPA is the trade association for 120 member publications. Mississippi Press Services, founded in 1978, is a business subsidiary to MPA that provides advertising representation for member papers.

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