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Get ready for the most exciting day of the year for high school journalism in Mississippi!

MSPA takes the role of high school journalism very seriously. Whether you are chronicling your school year through an awesome yearbook or exposing corruption with your school paper, your role as a reporter is vital for your school community.

MSPA State Convention

Friday, March 31, 2017
Oxford, Mississippi
Deadline to Register: Monday, March 20, 2017

Join us on March 31 for the largest gathering of high school journalists in the state, usually over 600 students! Students will have to opportunity to attend over 40 sessions geared to making your newspaper, yearbook, broadcast, website or magazine more exciting than ever.

We have renowned speakers from across the state and region, including our Keynote speaker, author Kiese Laymon.

We will also recognize all your amazing work from this school year at our annual Best of Mississippi awards program.


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General Information:

The MSPA Statewide Convention will be held on the historic University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss. Registration cost ($25) includes all sessions, as well as breakfast and lunch.

Basic Schedule:
8-9 a.m. – Breakfast & Check-in in the Grove.
9 a.m. – Opening ceremony in the Grove.
9:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions around campus. All sessions first-come first-serve.
10:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions around campus. All sessions first-come first-serve.
11:30 a.m. – Concurrent sessions around campus. All sessions first-come first-serve.
12:15 p.m. – Lunch in the Grove (choice of pizza or a vegetarian option)
1 p.m. – Keynote Speaker and Awards Ceremony at the Ford Center.
All events will conclude by 2:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for students to cerebrate the year’s accomplishments, as well as to learn some new skills to guide them on their path forward. We hope you'll join us!

Contact Information:

For information about awards or sessions, please contact:
R.J. Morgan
Director, Mississippi Scholastic Press Association

For information about registration, please contact:
Cass Dodgen
Coordinator, Division of Outreach