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Each spring since 1999, the MPA Education Foundation hosts a one-day workshop for Mississippi college and university students majoring in journalism or communications. The O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference brings before these students noted Mississippi journalists, educators and artisans during a special program at a venue in or near the state capital.


The conference is named after the late O.C. McDavid, former managing editor of The Jackson Daily News, who actively pursued a second career as an artist and sculptor after retiring from journalism. MPA is proud to focus a portion of these sessions on coverage of community lifestyles and the arts.

The event includes a luncheon and the presentation of the annual Better Newspaper Contest Student Division awards at the conclusion of the day's activities. Attendees receive a copy of "My Name is O.C.," McDavid's autobiography.

The conference was established after a generous donation to the MPA Education Foundation from McDavid's family in his memory.


Better Newspaper Contest Student Division

The MPA Education Foundation also hosts a Student contest for which winners are presented each spring during the O.C. McDavid Journalism Conference. Click below to see winners from recent competitions.

» NEW! 2017–  Presented March 30, 2017
» 2016 — Presented March 24, 2016
» 2015 — Presented March 26, 2015
» 2014 — Presented March 27, 2014

For more information, contact
Monica Gilmer, Member Services Manager
Mississippi Press Association
601-981-3060, x237

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