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. 



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2016 MPA BOUND Newspaper Directory

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



Monday May 23rd

Tee off in Columbia for this year's Porter Fisher Golf Classic on June 16! To register, visit to download the form or contact Missouri Press Foundation Director Melody Bezenek at 573-449-4167 or by email at mbezenek@socket. Link

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Share your memories from past conventions! In addition to looking forward to MPA’s 150th annual convention Sept. 29-Oct. Link



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