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PHIL HARDWICK — Business Communication 101: The latest thing

The message that is sent is never the message that is received. Two things about the history of communication are clear: The methods of communicating have evolved and the rate of change has accelerated. The methods have run the gamut from grunts and hand signals to email and texting. In modern times the rate of change is so great that ...

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TODD SMITH — Google News launches fact check feature

In the midst of a highly charged presidential election, where fact and fiction have frequently become confused, Google News has introduced a new fact check feature in search results for news stories. Fact check will now appear as a label among news search results, alongside other established labels such as opinion, local source and highly cited. Google News algorithmically connects ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Individual taxpayers should be wary of tax reform schemes

  Legislative leaders brought in an outside expert from the Tax Foundation to push the theory that Mississippi needs to make its business taxes more competitive. She argues lower business taxes, offset by higher user fees, property taxes and expanded sales taxes, will make Mississippi more competitive for business and jobs.    While this approach may make the state more ...

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#justsayin takes a look at Hillary and Obama

This week, Ford Williams takes a look at Barack Obama’s changing view of Hillary since the 2008 election. Ford is a freshman at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, and a 2016 honors graduate of Jackson Academy where he was named Most Talented and selected to the Hall of Fame.  He is the recipient of numerous ...

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MBJ Business Showcase — Enviro-Linen: This business is cleaning up

Like many other successful Mississippi entrepreneurs I’ve known through the years, Bert Rubinski, CEO of Enviro-Linen, as built, sold, and started a number of successful businesses. This is one thing that seems to characterize the successful entrepreneur….namely, a fundamental enthusiasm for starting and building new enterprises. After growing up in Jackson and attending LSU, Bert became involved in the family ...

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TODD SMITH: Younger adults prefer reading news via video

When it comes to technology’s influence on America’s young adults, reading is not dead – at least not the news. When asked whether one prefers to read, watch or listen to their news, younger adults are far more likely than older ones to opt for text, and most of that reading takes place on the web. Overall, more Americans prefer ...

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#justsayin — Williams takes a look at Hillary Clinton

This cartoon from cartoonist Ford Williams plays on the Hillary Clinton’s problem with saying she is for all Americans. Ford is a freshman at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, and a 2016 honors graduate of Jackson Academy where he was named Most Talented and selected to the Hall of Fame.  He is the recipient of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Walmart parking lots epitomize decline of safe places

Where is your safe place? Do you have one? Should you have one?   These questions popped up as I read a story in The Commercial Dispatch. While the story was about universities providing emotionally safe places for students, it made me wonder about safe places for people of all ages in our communities.   Once upon a time in Mississippi, ...

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TODD SMITH — American Society of News editors goes digital for measurement

In a sign of the continuing industry-wide shift away from print, the American Society of News Editors recently announced that its membership structure will focus on monthly web traffic rather than print circulation figures. The change, announced by ASNE in an email to members last week, is a “long overdue” acknowledgement that “digital media is a primary platform for storytelling ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Congress should be ready to impeach whoever wins

Pogo Possum, the anti-hero of Okefenokee Swamp made famous through the satire of cartoonist Walt Kelly, once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”   How true is that with regard to the presidential candidates we picked?   In its 34 years USA Today has never taken sides in a presidential election. This year it felt compelled ...

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