Mississippi Today’s public-service mission is centered around events. Events scheduled for Meridian (March 12), Greenwood, March 19 and Washington, D.C., April 23 will be moved to future dates in order to preserve the health of participants, readers, and community members. Mary Margaret White, CEO and Executive Director of Mississippi Today, stated that event planners across the country are taking extra precautions right now. We want to be proactive, even though there have not been any confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in Mississippi. Our reader community’s health and well-being is more important than any other date on the calendar. Tickets purchased in advance for Marshall’s Mississippi can be transferred. Soon, we will announce the new dates. According to organizers, at least one participant in a national journalism conference that was held in New Orleans last Wednesday has been confirmed presumptively to have the novel coronavirus. This conference was the annual gathering of the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, also known as NICAR is part of Investigative Editors and Reporters, or IRE. IRE is a national nonprofit that allows journalists to share best practices. The conference was attended by more than 1,000 people at the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. Based on limited symptoms, the organization suggested that the attendee may have contracted the virus before, during, or after the conference.