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TODD SMITH: How Americans decide what news to trust on social media

When we encounter news on social media, how much we trust the content is determined less by who creates the news than by who shares it, according to a new study from the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Whether readers trust the sharer, indeed, matters more ...

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DENNIS SEID: Economic development would suffer from cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget includes the elimination of key economic development agencies, including the Appalachian Regional Commission, which has played a vital part in many projects in Mississippi. While there is no doubt that government can be leaner and more efficient, the work of the ARC cannot be overlooked. The ARC was created in 1965 as a federal agency ...

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BRAD FULLER — How much should you be spending on cybersecurity?

We often hear clients and prospective clients asking “How much should I be spending on cybersecurity?” That is a very complex question and one that is not easily answered without first having an understanding of what is meant by cybersecurity. There are many different versions of cybersecurity being pushed in the market and there is no “one size fits all” ...

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TODD SMITH — Google launches new effort to flag offensive content

Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers. It hopes this will prevent such content from crowding out factual, accurate and trustworthy information in the top search results. “We’re explicitly avoiding the term ‘fake news,’ because we think it is too vague,” said Paul Haahr, one of Google’s senior engineers ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: MEC has supported tax cuts, tax increases

The highly influential Mississippi Economic Council is touting a House proposal that will take about $50 million out of the state general fund at a time when state tax collections are declining and multiple state agencies are facing cuts and layoffs. MEC believes that money should be diverted from the general fund to a program to improve what the business ...

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WEATHERLY: The magazine life and the death of a writer

The Oxford American was founded 25 years ago. Which doesn’t mean this is its silver anniversary. Not that there is anything dishonest about the current issue proclaiming a quarter-century of publication. It has been down some bumpy roads as it traveled the South to collect what it considers the best writing of the region. So the magazine missed some issues ...

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TODD SMITH — Media outlets receive boost since election

Rants by President Donald Trump and his administration on what they call the “dishonest media” appear to have had an unexpected – and welcome – side effect for some media companies, which have seen record numbers of new subscribers and donations. One of the most widely reported examples of this “Trump bump” is The New York Times, which added 235 ...

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