1. Catch up on what's happened with secretary of state's "woke college student" remarks since @ashtonpittman broke the story Tuesday, it went viral that day, national media jumped on it, @washingtonpost cited it in editorial Friday, and Watson commented on his comments (sort of).
2. Note one Mississippi outlet did usual déclassé thing with followup yesterday without linking to original reporting on it (although our reporters constantly cite their reporters—by name), did an editorial cartoon and then linked it back to their story it was, um, "based" on.
3. What is Mississippi media that acts this small so freakin' afraid of? I don't get it at all, especially on a story the whole country and state know @ashtonpittman and @MSFreePress broke by now.

This silliness just looks bad for them, not us.

4. Bottom line: All this gaming and obfuscation, hoping people don't notice great work of other outlets, is waste of time. PLENTY OF GOOD JOURNALISM is waiting to be done in Mississippi. White-guy media establishment here needs to give credit where due, and go enterprise new work
5. Advice from someone leading journalism in Mississippi for a long time: You can't cheat and obfuscate yourself into journalistic respect or into a strong, loyal reader network, no matter how much money you have stockpiled.
6. And P.S.: Before deciding that I'm a mean old biddy for calling this out, recall that folks at this outlet and some others have squawked at other reporters for reporting a press release a few minutes before they did without giving them credit (not the same thing).
7. And bit of media literacy on how this works: Sometimes reporters do not know an outlet reporting on something first (paywalls, not in searches, etc.). When that is pointed out to us, we add the link/cite. We don't melt down. We don't go on warpath. Our egos don't pool on floor

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11 Apr
The opinions and question frames of @WLOX anchor @DaveWLOX are among most interesting parts of @ashtonpittman’s followup to his viral story on SofS’s “woke college students” remarks. #TVNewsMS ImageImageImageImage
Seems @WLOX is now owned by Gray Television out of ... Atlanta. Image
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10 Apr
1. This, by @TaylorVanceDJ, is my pick for Mississippi journalism of the work (not done by a Free Press. Ha.) Transparency in local elections is so important.
My runner-up this week is this piece by Candace McKenzie because, as most of you know, adult literacy is very close to my heart:

This is the Guardian piece I wrote about my mother and her illiteracy. I was just looking at her literacy books last night, so I'm really feeling this issue right now:
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22 Nov 20
1. Vital: This isn’t “but racism is everywhere” excuse-making. Point is to focus on what’s in your front yard everywhere, not scapegoat other places so you’re, well, superior. First: Learn your own history like we do ours here. Don’t be in denial because you were miseducated, too
2. Pilgrimages to Mississippi to understand our race fascism/history are great, and I meet/tour these folks continually. But when I ask them about history-digging for white supremacy and violence back home, I’m often met w blank looks. But we weren’t Mississippi, the logic goes.
3. No, their states weren’t the worst. We were. Mississippi was the heart of US slavery wealth and then resistance to ending it and the right to give Black people full human status. But all along way, that was reinforced from outside state, and racism was bad *everywhere* in U.S.
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21 Nov 20
Indeed. While you’re at it, explore @msfreepress#highered coverage all year. We do real journalism about what’s happening at Mississippi’s colleges and universities, especially the public ones because they shouldn’t function behind closed doors. Archive: mississippifreepress.org/tag/highered/
Mississippi colleges, like those across country, are crucibles of the conflict between old ways and new ones. It’s heartening to watch so many students and faculty work to expose problems, even as others are either happy with status quo or silenced by the culture of fear.
This stepping-out-for-change versus culture-of-fear is at heart of what @msfreepress#UMemails series about, as well as lack of transparency and attempts to silence those who step out in various ways (and us, btw). It’s some of most important work I’ve edited. I’m proud of it.
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21 Nov 20
White Mississippians donated to legal fund organized by Americans for the Preservation of the White Race in 1960s to pay for bond/defense of KKK terrorists who attacked Black people+protesters of all races. The country rightly dumped on Mississippi for defending terrorism.

Put simply, rich white supremacists always got the backs of the terrorists on the front lines. This history tends to be lost because no one wants to admit to it and blame "all that" on the "Krazy Klucker in the Korner" as I've longed called this amnesia syndrome in my state.
I discovered this when I investigated Dee-Moore murders (finding James Ford Seale alive). KKK abducted them in Meadville where Franklin Cty Advocate newspaper editor David Webb did public relations for Americans for Preservation of the White Race. I believe APWR met in courthouse
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30 Oct 20
Let this sink in. After election, we will lead a serious conversation at @MSFreePress about public servants abdicating responsibility to be transparent or answer questions about things in purview. When whole state is run by statement/not real questions, our state is in trouble.
Huge problem is that journalism outlets here have allowed public servants (elected or not) to reduce real interviews to ask real questions into "send us questions and we'll get attorneys to do/approve a general statement." This is irresponsible, and media should not accept it.
This is major reason my publications do not provide questions in advance. This is not accountability (or real) journalism, period. We have high-paid PR people at state universities who think they can demand this. Media who allow it are engaging in access journalism, which stinks.
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