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McNeece re-elected president of MPA-MPS

Monday, June 22, 2015   (0 Comments)
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NEW ORLEANS – Joel McNeece of Bruce will serve another one-year term as president of the state newspaper association.

The publisher of The Calhoun County Journal was re-elected president of the Mississippi Press Association during the trade group’s annual meeting in June 19. The event was held in conjunction with the Louisiana Press Association in New Orleans.

McNeece, 45, will serve as president of MPA and Mississippi Press Services, Inc., an affiliated advertising and marketing service.

Two other state newspapermen have been elected to fill vacant board positions.

Tim Reeves, publisher of The Vicksburg Post and president of Vicksburg NewsMedia, will serve a two-year term. He came to Mississippi in 2014 after serving several years as editor of the Selma Times-Journal in Alabama. Prior to his time in Selma, Reeves served as publisher of The Outlook, a daily newspaper in Alexander City, Ala., and the daily Suffolk (Va.) News-Herald. All papers are affiliated with Boone Newspapers, Inc., of Tuscaloosa.

George “Russell” Turner, editor of the Greene County Herald in Leakesville, will also serve a two year term. He started his career at his family-owned paper in Leakesville before working as a reporter for the Deer Creek Pilot in Rolling Fork and The Leland Progress and as advertising manager for The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus.

Also re-elected to leadership positions were First Vice President Don Norman, publisher of the Starkville Daily News; Second Vice President Paul Keane, publisher of The Wayne County News in Waynesboro; and Treasurer James Arrington Goff, executive editor of The News-Commercial in Collins.

Jim Prince, publisher of The Neshoba Democrat and president of Prince Newspaper Holdings, Inc., continues as Immediate Past President and Chairman of the MPA Education Foundation.

Established in 1866, MPA is the trade association for 110 member publications and will mark its 150th anniversary in 2016. Mississippi Press Services, founded in 1978, is a business subsidiary to MPA that provides advertising representation for member papers.


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