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TODD SMITH — Social media overtakes TV as main source of news for millennials

The 18-24 crowd (younger Millennials) has used the internet as its primary source for news for several years. Now it is specifying “social media” as its main source of news, with that niche overtaking television for the first time. The information comes from a study done by The Oxford University Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. It looked at ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Federal overreach impacts Mississippi

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was passed to eliminate unjustified discrimination based on disability. It provides protections against discrimination to disabled Americans, requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.   Now, the U.S. Department of Justice is telling Mississippi the ADA provides mentally ill adults an unconstrained constitutional right ...

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MBJ SHOWCASE: Old Capitol Inn and Mende Alford

When you hear the term “boutique hotel”, you might tend to associate the concept with a quaint inn located in, say, Boston, or Manhattan, or perhaps in the south of France. However, Jackson is home to its own boutique hotel at the Old Capitol Inn, on State Street. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a few nights at the ...

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TODD SMITH: Master your crisis communications online

You have to do more these days to shift into gear when a crisis arises. It has to be a combination of positive PR, comprehensive and transparent messaging and a carefully articulated response statement – and in today’s fast-paced, plugged-in world, it must absolutely include a strategic social media response. With nearly two-thirds of American adults on social networking sites, ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER: What’s your ‘type’? Mine is ‘sales successful’

Everybody talks about “types” of people, in order to try and figure them out. Salespeople are all taught to mirror, model, and type their prospective customers. Big mistake. My opinion: total manipulation. Total joke. Total waste of time. The key word is harmonize. Not mirror or model. Harmonize is sincere. Mirror or model is manipulative. Get to know them as ...

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ALAN TURNER — Celebrating Mississippi’s dynamic business women

Through the years, I’ve learned one highly encouraging thing about Mississippi—namely, that we are richly blessed with a great group of professional business women who own and manage businesses, direct large and small enterprises, serve the public good, educate, inform, and contribute to the overall quality of life in the Magnolia State. For 19 years now, the Mississippi Business Journal ...

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