2016 Convention 


The Chateau on the Lake in Branson will be the preeminent setting for all Missouri publishers and members of their newspapers’ staff Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2016 as Missouri Press Association (MPA) hosts its Sesquicentennial Convention. Every effort has been made to ensure the 2016 convention is a celebration worthy of 150 years of service. We have attempted to tie in the old with the new, while incorporating a little Branson flair, to observe this once-in-a-lifetime anniversary.

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, September 29

— MPF Board Meeting
— MPA/MPS Board Meeting
— Society of 1867 Reception
— MPF Fundraiser (Boots N' BBQ)

Friday, September 30

— 8-4:30 p.m. Trade Show
— Breakfast Program
— Business Meeting
— General Session
— Missouri Press Association (150 Years of Service)
— Lunch in Trade Show
— Political Forums
— Hall of Fame Reception and Banquet
— Dessert and Fireworks
Saturday, October 1

— Breakfast Program
— Breakout Sessions
— Better Newspaper Contest Awards Lunch

Complete agenda and registration form will be posted in a few weeks. Please check back!

For General information and inquiries on the convention, please contact Kristie Williams by phone at (573) 449-4167 ext. 301 or by email at

If you would like to join the planning committee for the 150th celebration, please contact Mark Maassen by phone at 573-449-4167 ext. 308 or by email at
Sponsorship Opportunities! For a full description of all sponsorship and trade show opportunities, download the packet here! To sign up as a sponsor or trade show exhibitor, fill out the online form here. 

If you would like to be a sponsor or trade show exhibitor and have questions, please contact Melody Bezenek by phone at 573-449-4167 ext. 303 or by email at


Did you miss our 2015 Annual Convention? Check out our Facebook page by clicking here. 



Online Store Feature

2016 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

An alphabetical resource guide to all of the newspapers in the state of Missouri. $45.00



Friday May 6th

Deadline in Disaster, MPA’s documentary about The Joplin Globe and its coverage of the May 22, 2011, tornado that devastated the city will be re-airing on Ozark Public Television in May. The documentary will air at 9 p. Link

Thursday May 5th

Reserve your passes for a KC Royals versus STL Cardinals game, scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Link

Wednesday May 4th

Register for the 126th Northwest Missouri Press Association Annual Meeting at Missouri Western State University on June 9! The cost is a $25 membership fee and $40 per person ($15 for lunch, and $25 for Russell Viers workshop). For questions, please contact W. Link



The Deadline in Disaster documentary about @JoplinGlobe and its coverage of the 5/22/11 tornado will be rebroadcast 5/19 on @OPTV at 9 p.m.
Friday May 6th


Royals versus Cardinals passes benefit the Missouri Press Foundation. Reserve yours today! |
Thursday May 5th


In newspapers, no two days are the same | via @kdhnews
Wednesday May 4th


New NIE feature commemorates Declaration of Independence |
Monday May 2nd