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Help us grow our newsroom in Mississippi and our systemic reporting to make a difference for our home state and beyond.

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Since we opened our doors in March 2020, earlier than we’d planned, our team focused on solutions-based storytelling. My co-founder Donna Ladd and our senior reporter Ashton Pittman launched just as COVID-19 hit Mississippi because they believed Mississippians needed accurate and complete information about the pandemic. That commitment hasn’t stopped. It has expanded with a larger team and broader coverage, all because of readers and donors like you. 

These are just a few of the ways we grew because of your generous gifts and support: 

  • Our reporters can travel more now, which means more Mississippians get the truth-telling they deserve. It also means early-morning messages from reporters to the entire team as Kayode or Ashton or Aliyah or Nick excitedly dash out of the door headed to another city or county to chase an urgent story. 🤣
  • Your funds helped us finalize and transition to 501(c)(3) status. Woohoo, we are an officially registered non-profit: the Mississippi Journalism and Education Group!
  • We held over a dozen virtual solutions circles where Mississippians from all walks of life talked about issues impacting their communities, focusing on causes and solutions. 

Hint: if you ask people what they need, they’ll tell you.  

A wise woman once said that if you have more, you do more. We’ve got BIG goals for the next 12 months, and it’s vital we have the resources to make them happen. Mississippi is rich in stories, and the MFP needs even more people to tell those stories and resources to host live solution circles across Mississippi, top to bottom, east to west. Education is one of Mississippi’s biggest challenges. We need education reporters quickly for our soon-to-launch Education Equity Solution Lab for storytelling beyond surface metrics in counties across Mississippi far from the halls of power. 

I’m not a writer—they let me write these notes to give me some cred. But word on the street is our writers are turning in stories too fast for the editors to keep up. We need another editor quickly. Don’t you want to see what’s in the hopper?  

I can’t stress this enough. No gift is too small. Also, no gift is too big, so don't let that stop you.  Seriously, we make every dollar count. Please give what you can. I appreciate you in advance for whatever you do to help us keep on keeping on. 

Best, 

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Kimberly Griffin

Publisher and Director of Revenue


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Jackson, MS 39201

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Mississippi Journalism and Education Group

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