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TODD SMITH: Journalists share story pitching pet peeves

Reporters get 38,000 emails a year, and more than two-thirds of them are from people seeking publicity. It’s no wonder – there are more than times as many public relations specialists as reporters and correspondents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So it’s more important than ever to navigate all the noise with your journalist network with relevant – ...

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CRAWFORD: Legislative groups should target declining communities, disconnected youth

As legislators gather in their working groups to study programs and budgets, they should also take note of long-term phenomena with significant impacts. One of these is a downward spiral that can cripple communities. It’s named “The Iron Circle of Poverty.” It’s called the “iron circle” because it is extremely hard to break. Few communities have the talented leadership and sense ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Republicans struggle to find smart way to budget

Starving the beast” is a popular conservative approach to governance. “If they (legislators) don’t have the money, they can’t spend it,” one Republican operative explained, strongly endorsing this approach.    True enough, but as another longtime Mississippi leader told me, “‘Starve the beast’ is not a smart way to govern, in fact, it isn’t governing at all.”   Also true. ...

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ON LAW — Changes announced for preserving, producing documentation for litigation

The Federal Court Rules of Civil Procedure recently been have amended to insert provisions which limit the scope and application of the rules related to the obligation of companies and individuals to preserve and produce documents and electronic information for use in litigation. Not all written communications must be preserved in perpetuity. But, when a party reasonably anticipates that a ...

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TODD SMITH — News driven by technology, new journalism report finds

Growth around online video news has been largely driven by technology, publishers and platforms, instead of strong consumer demand, a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds – but breaking news events may hold clues to success. The report, The Future of Online News Video explores the explosion in online video news seen over the ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER: The most coveted prize in selling besides a sale … is a referral

Everyone tells you to get referrals. And most people tell you to “ask” for them. “Don’t forget to ask for a referral.” Horrible strategy. Totally offensive for the most part. Borderline rude. And asking the same customer twice is a death wish. MY DEFINITION OF A REFERRAL: A name and contact information provided proactively by someone you have a relationship ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Taxes make possible the best of government work

A reader emailed to point out that while reporting that the 3 percent tax on insurance premiums was a growing source of revenue for a beleaguered state budget, I did not explain that the levy most likely was resulting in people having to pay more for insurance. Granted, taxes do not occur in a vacuum. They cost somebody extra money ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: 2016 puts Reeves’ fiscal credibility at risk

Lieutenant Gov. Tate Reeves has put his fiscal credibility on the line.    The former investment banker told voters in 2011 he was “a true, proven fiscal conservative with a record of executive leadership who will take the difficult stance necessary to ensure our state makes the right financial decisions.”    Reeves appeared to make the right financial decisions during his ...

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TODD SMITH: CDC launches comprehensive Zika communications plan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing hard to spread the word about Zika, the first new cause of birth defects identified by the CDC in 50 years and the first time ever that the cause has been spread by mosquitos. CDC communications professionals are working side-by-side with scientists and emergency responders as the Zika hazard grows. And ...

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