I love putting together a newspaper every week. Whether it’s talking with writers about story possibilities, exploring an editorial policy issue or sitting down to the big Mac and designing page one, this is a fun business to be in. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that are part of every day here at the Mississippi Business Journal.
One of the greatest challenges is communicating with our readers. We’re here to tell stories about Mississippi business. We also write about issues that we think are important to the state’s economic future. We want to play a role in the business community of our state. And we want to be a successful small business ourselves. Our greatest responsibility, however, is building relationships with our thousands of readers. We value a two-way dialogue, and think that it’s the best way to get at the heart of what’s happening in business, industry and economic development from Southaven to Ocean Springs and Vicksburg to Meridian.
So, how can you be a part of the MBJ? Great question. In fact, it’s so great that we have a flier full of ideas that we share with folks who ask. Here are a few ideas from it:
Write a letter to the MBJ
If you have a comment about a business issue, news event or a story published in the MBJ, write a letter. Send it to us MBJ Letters, 5120 Galaxie Drive, Jackson, MS 39206-4308; fax (601) 364-1006; or e-mail email@example.com. Please include your name, title and organization, address and business phone number for verification purposes.
Write an opinion column for MBJ Extra!
The Mississippi Business Journal is always looking for varied opinions on issues impacting the state’s business climate and economy. Choose a topic you’re interested in and write about it in 600-800 words. Send your column to the MBJ at 5120 Galaxie Drive, Jackson, MS 39206-4308; fax (601) 364-1006; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, title and organization, address, business phone number and a photograph. Keep in mind that columns promoting a specific business, product or service are not considered, and the MBJ reserves the right to edit and/or reject submitted material. Submission does not guarantee publication.
Send new hires, promotions to People to Watch
We want to know about staff changes in your organization. Send your People to Watch to MBJ at 5120 Galaxie Drive, Jackson, MS 39206-4308; fax (601) 364-1006; or e-mail email@example.com. Please include your name, title and organization, address and business phone number along with a photograph. Due to the volume of photos we receive, they can not be returned. If you e-mail a picture, it should be in Macintosh TIFF format at 300 dpi and mugshot-sized.
List upcoming events in the MBJ Business Calendar
Special events involving your business, association or club are welcome. Please include important information, contact person’s name, phone number, address and e-mail info with all submissions. Send them to MBJ Calendar, 5120 Galaxie Drive, Jackson, MS 39206-4308; fax (601) 364-1006; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, we mean it when we say that we want to hear from you. Don’t assume that we’ve already heard about something. Give us a call. Drop us an e-mail. Let us know what’s on your mind. It’s a big part of what makes this business so much fun.
Next week, as part of our editorial focus on advertising, printing and publishing, MBJ staff writer Wally Northway will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we publish your newspaper every week.
Jim Laird is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. His e-mail address is email@example.com.