The news organization, Mississippitoday.org, is a digital-only nonpartisan site that will aggressively and objectively cover state and local government affairs and community issues, as well as the state’s social culture. Mississippi Today is available for free. You can share our stories via social media or with other news agencies. This organization will provide wide-ranging coverage by a variety of journalists. Fred Anklam Jr., an award-winning journalist with Mississippi connections, and Dennis Moore are co-editors of the news venture. They have returned home to bring this new news coverage to Mississippi. Mississippi Today is the public arm Mississippi News and Information Corp. (a non-profit corporation) which was established in 2014. Mississippi Today was launched thanks to grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation as well as the generous support of individual donors like Andrew Lack. Lack, who is now the chairman of NBC NEWS, and MSNBC, chose Mississippi to host this new approach to news coverage largely due to his many generations-long family ties to the state. Lack stated that all of us involved in the project share great hopes for Mississippi’s future and believe that journalism of high quality is an important piece of that puzzle. Mississippi Today’s mission is to provide high-quality journalism to support Mississippi’s functioning democracy, act as a watchdog for government and shape its future. Increased citizen awareness about how government actions affect all people and all communities may encourage civic engagement. Mississippi Today will work with students at the state’s colleges to help them develop their skills for successful careers. Mississippi Today’s team is dedicated to providing information about poverty, state and local government. Their journalism can increase civic engagement by making Mississippians aware of how government action and inaction affects them, ” stated Karen Rundlet, program officer of journalism at Knight Foundation, which is the nation’s largest funder of journalism innovation and journalism. Mississippians Together is our annual fund, which unites readers from diverse backgrounds and shares a common interest in solving the state’s challenges. It receives support from advertising, sponsors, donors, advertising, and Mississippians Together. The Mississippi News and Information Corp. is run by a board of directors that includes Donna Barksdale (executive chair); Andrew Lack (founder); James Barksdale (ex-CEO of Netscape and chairman of Barksdale Management Corp.); Toni Cooley (CEO of Systems Companies); Tiffany Graves, executive Director of Mississippi Access to Justice Commission); Tray Hairston, bond counsel at Butler Snow LLP, Will Norton Jr. and Tom Pittman, the CEO of Northwest Mississippi Community Foundation. The Mississippi Today advisory board includes Ronnie Agnew (executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting); Reuben Anderson (lawyer and former state Supreme Court Justice); Hope Bynum (Jackson-area community leader); Tiffany Graves (CEO of Systems Companies); Will Norton Jr. (CEO of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission); Tray Hairston, bond counsel at Butler Snow LLP; Lloyd Gray (ex-journalist and Phil Hardin Foundation executive Director); Paul Hurst, ex-chief of staff to Governor; John Palmer, executive editor at Random House); Jon Meacham, and author; and executive editor at Random House; John Palmer; and technology entrepreneur and ex-based on the U. Ambassador to Portugal; Charles W. Pickering Sr. is a retired judge of the district court and federal appeals courts; Jack Reed Jr. is a businessman and former mayor of Tupelo; Nan Sanderson is an arts advocate and former head of the Mississippi Arts Commission; John Palmer, entrepreneur and former U.S. To support this important work, you can make a regular donation to our Spring Member Drive today. Our reporters give a human face to policy’s impact on everyday Mississippians by listening more closely and understanding their communities. To ensure that our work is aligned with the priorities and needs of all Mississippians, we are listening to you. Click the button below to let us know what you think.