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Two states, one fine city, and countless great ideas

Make plans to join us in the Big Easy for another great Joint Convention of the Louisiana and Mississippi press associations. An all-star lineup of speakers highlights an agenda that includes great opportunities for networking and presentation of awards for newspaper media professionals in the Miss-Lou region.

Gordon Borrell, local media's leading analyst, is our keynote presenter. Diane Ciotta, an expert in "integrity-based" sales will lead sessions on building your customer base and revenue. Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center, will present the interactive and entertaining "Revolution, Rights, and Rock 'N' Roll.

The convention will take place at the Marriott Downtown at the Convention Center in New Orleans.

Events kick off Thursday, June 14, with a grand opening reception. General sessions and “Revolution, Rights, and Rock ’N’ Roll” highlight the Friday agenda. Saturday includes break-out session tracks for news, revenue, and digital.

Events will culminate with the presentation of awards in separate state luncheons.


Join us at the Marriott Downtown at the Convention Center for the group rate of $129 nightly. Click here to make reservations online. Deadline is Thursday, May 24, 2018.



Scores of decision-makers from newspapers and media companies in two states are expected to attend this event. Download a brochure to learn more about partnership opportunities for this year's joint convention.



CLICK HERE to download a registration form to return by email, mail, or fax.



Thursday, June 14


1 pm – Registration opens/Vendor set ups begin

            Individual state board meetings

4 pm – Individual state foundation meetings

6 pm – Grand opening reception


Friday, June 15


8 am – Breakfast available/Silent Auction opens

            Registration desk opens

9:15 – Opening session

9:30 – General Session I

           Panel Discussion: Covering the Opioid Crisis

10:45 – Break in Silent Auction

11:15 – Individual state business meetings

Noon – Luncheon featuring Ken Paulson: "Revolution, Rights, and Rock 'N' Roll"

2 pm – General Session II

            Featuring Gordon Borrell

3:15 – Break for afternoon/evening


Saturday, June 16


8 am – Breakfast available in Silent Auction

            Registration desk opens

9 am – Breakout Sessions

            » Sales & Revenue: "Integrity Based Sales" presented by Diane Ciotta

            » News & Editorial: "50 Ideas in 50 Minute" presented by Tim Schmitt, GateHouse Newsroom

            » Digital & Tech: "Google Tools for News Reporting" presented by Deb Wenger in partnership with the Society for Professional Journalists

10 am – Break in Silent Auction

10:30 – Breakout Sessions

            » Sales & Revenue: "Integrity Based Sales in Action" presented by Diane Ciotta

            » News & Editorial: "Revamping Your High School Sports Coverage" presented by Tim Schmitt, GateHouse Newsroom

            » Digital & Tech: TBA

11:30 – Pre-awards cocktail reception

12:15 – Individual state awards luncheons

2:30 – Adjourn

For additional information, contact:
Monica Gilmer, member services manager
Mississippi Press Association


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