The Annual Missouri Press Association Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia from September 20-22. Reserve rooms by calling (573)445-8531 or clicking the link at the bottom of the page by August 14. Ask for Missouri Press Association room block.
Thursday, Sept. 20
12:30 p.m. MPA and MPS Board Luncheon
1:30 p.m. MPA and MPS Board Meeting
6:30 p.m. Reception and Gallery Hop in the North Village Arts District. Bus to Orr Street Studios
(food and beverages), visit Perlow-Stevens Art Gallery (wine), and enjoy music
(dessert and beverages) at The Bridge, all in The District (downtown Columbia).
9 p.m. Bus returns to hotel.
Friday, Sept. 21
8 a.m. Breakfast with speaker: Bryna Krauth. “Inspirational Leadership Starts with You!”
9:15 a.m. Forum, Missouri Gubernatorial Candidates
10:45 a.m. Forum, U.S. Senate Candidates
12:15 p.m. Annual MPA Business Meeting and Election of Officers 12:30 p.m. Luncheon with speaker Paul Steinle. “Who Needs Newspapers?”
2:00 p.m. Breakout: Max Heath, NNA Postal Guru
2:00 p.m. Breakout: Bryna Krauth. “Become a Brand Expert for your Advertisers”
3:15 p.m. Documentary Film Screening: “Deadline in Disaster,” Featuring The Joplin Globe
6 p.m. MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame Reception
6:30 p.m. MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame Banquet
Saturday, Sept. 22
8 a.m. Breakfast by Regions. Enjoy visiting over breakfast with MPA members from your area.
9:30 a.m. Breakout: Rudi Keller, Columbia Daily Tribune. “Covering the Civil War: Quick Tricks to Find Good Stories for the Sesquicentennial”
Breakout: Digital Innovations Panel. Hear from Mike Jenner, Jon Rust, Andy Waters,
Jeff McNiell and others about the latest cutting-edge ideas they are using at their newspapers.
10:45 a.m. Lightning Round Roundtables. All in one room, six “stations” with discussion leaders at each station, various newspaper and social media topics. Fifteen minutes each, then switch. 12 p.m. Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon
Roundtable discussion leaders and topics:
– Jean Maneke, Maneke Law Group — Talk legal issues with your Media Attorney
– Jim Robertson, Columbia Daily Tribune — Newspaper Coverage and Policies on Sensitive Editorial Issues
– Mike Beatty, The Joplin Globe — Does your Newspaper have a Disaster Plan?
– Greg Baker, Missouri Press Service — Selling Political Ads and Newspaper Network Ads to Make Money
– Phill Brooks, Missouri School of Journalism — Covering the Statehouse
– Kelly Schultz, Director of the Office of Child Advocate — News Reporting on Child Abuse and Neglect
To reserve hotel rooms for the convention, follow this link.
To register for the convention, send in this Registration form.