James E. “Jim” Prince III, a veteran newspaper journalist, has been elected president of the Mississippi Press Association and Mississippi Press Services Inc. Prince, who was first elected to the MPA-MPS board of directors in 2004, will serve a one-year term as president of the state newspaper association and its subsidiary advertising services division.
He is president of Prince Newspaper Holdings Inc., which publishes The Neshoba Democrat, Madison County Journal and Kemper County Messenger. The company also publishes Madison Magazine and Neshoba Magazine.
A Philadelphia native and fifth generation Mississippian, Prince began his newspaper career while in high school, working summers at The Neshoba Democrat until he graduated from college. He was two-term editor of The Reflector at Mississippi State University.
Prince succeeds Vicksburg Post general manager Jimmy Clark, who becomes chairman of the MPA Education Foundation.
Also elected to leadership positions at the 2012 convention were Daily Corinthian publisher Reece Terry, who will serve as vice president for dailies; Calhoun County Journal publisher Joel McNeece, elected vice president for weeklies; and Bolivar Commercial publisher Mark Williams, who was elected treasurer. Clark will continue serving on the board as immediate past president.
Elected to three-year terms as directors were John P. “Pat” Brown, editor and publisher of The Magee Courier; Kevin Cooper, publisher of The Natchez Democrat; H. Ray Mosby, editor and publisher of The Deer Creek Pilot; and, Jack Ryan, editor and publisher of the Enterprise-Journal.