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TODD SMITH: Newspaper ads triple campaign success


Forget their differing opinions on marriage, home ownership, and politics – the most telling differences between younger and older generations is how they prefer to get their news. A new Pew Research Center’s survey on modern news consumption trends, conducted in partnership with the Knight Foundation, shows that, when it comes to news consumption, the old and young look very ...

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ALAN TURNER — Newspapers and our American heritage


“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson As we approach another 4th of July, it would be good to pause for a few minutes in our busy lives and reflect on all of the ...

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Media startup decides to move base to Arizona

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Elation Media is moving from Jackson to Sedona, Ariz., according to founder Bob Schnitzer, who announced the enterprise in April 2015. Elation is parent of the holistic Internet TV startup OTV. Schnitzer said in an email that “it became clear that funding for our venture was going to come from out of state (and) my trips to ...

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TODD SMITH — Pitch perfect: Five tips for reaching today’s modern media


Today’s world communicates at warp speed, and so do the journalists – creating the first draft of history 24/7. To reach the time-starved media, you must make your pitches sing, and stand out! Research is critical in creating the best content, perfecting a pitch, customizing the best media list and tailoring your outreach. For media success, you must strategically plan ...

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Tami Jones promoted to associate publisher at MBJ

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Tami Jones has been promoted to associate publisher for the Mississippi Business Journal, effective May 1, it was announced by MBJ Publisher Alan Turner. Tami earned a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University, and in May, will receive her MBA from Belhaven University.  She has spent most of her career in the publishing field, beginning with sales work for the ...

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Brokaw to deliver Ole Miss commencement address

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NBC’s Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw returns to Oxford, Mississippi, to deliver the 163rd Ole Miss commencement address. Brokaw, the only person to host all three major NBC News programs: “Today,” ”Nightly News” and “Meet the Press,” will speak to graduating students at 9 a.m. on May 14 in the Grove. WMC-TV reports Brokaw also served as a guest lecturer ...

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Neelly named new president and GM at Jackson’s WAPT


Michael L. Neelly, a longtime Hearst Television news executive most recently serving as a news director in Cincinnati and Louisville, has been promoted to president and general manager of WAPT-TV, the Hearst Television ABC TV affiliate serving the Jackson market. The appointment, effective Jan. 1, 2016, marks a return to Jackson for Neelly, an Ole Miss alumnus who was a ...

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ANALYSIS — Opening meetings, College Board ruling turns 30


  The Mississippi Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on open meetings and the state College Board is 30 years old this year. The ruling removed any doubt the constitutionally created public bodies — including the state College Board — must comply with the Open Meeting Act. Justice Lenore Prather wrote in the 1985 unanimous decision: “The open meeting legislation is no ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE — Maximize your holiday PR with these tips for your list

Every year, we distribute thousands of holiday season news releases. From gift guides and product launches, events and end-of-year wrap ups, there are many ways brands use news releases to successfully insert themselves into the holiday news cycle. After all, smart PR pros understand that news releases can directly impact end-of-year, holiday sales. To help you maximize your holiday PR ...

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THE NEXT CHAPTER — Wally Northway ending a ‘great ride’ chronicling Mississippi’s business stories

Greenville native Wally Northway had written a lot of songs but never a news story when he ventured into newspapering at the Mississippi Business Journal in 1997 after a career as a college administrator. A few thousand stories later, the soon-to-retire business journalist can lay claim to a career well spent. “I always felt like it was important work,” Northway ...

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