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CRAWFORD: Newspapers vital to communities

“Have you lost your mind?” a friend responded to one of my recent columns. That got the old noodle off in an unexpected direction. Not about the column in question, but about why I bother to write any column. It’s all about newspapers, I keep reminding myself. I was in the business long ago and worked with many great people. ...

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Tourism agencies across the state take advantage of social media

Taryn Pratt Sammons, manager of social media and media relations for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, is putting social media outlets to work for the CVB to attract more visitors to restaurants, hotels, attractions and events. She’s has been with the CVB for 4 1/2 years, the first two years in the sales department. “Our primary ...

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Teens migrating to Twitter tell researchers there are too many adults, too much drama on Facebook

WASHINGTON — Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their online reputations. Teens told researchers there were too many ...

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(VIDEO) Maria Bezaitis: The surprising need for strangeness

In our digital world, social relations have become mediated by data. Without even realizing it, we’re barricading ourselves against strangeness — people and ideas that don’t fit the patterns of who we already know, what we already like and where we’ve already been. A call for technology to deliver us to what and who we need, even if it’s unfamiliar. ...

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Foundation raises $130K in a day for tornado recovery efforts

HATTIESBURG — In just 24 hours, the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation successfully raised $130,234.46 to support the restoration of the front lawn of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by the tornado on February 10. During the Southern Miss Campus Beautification Day of Giving on May 8, the USM Foundation utilized the University’s social media platforms to ...

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Having a front row seat to watch social media change

Frank Owen is a professional observer and a self-described closet anthropologist who’s “fascinated by cultures.” He has a background in psychology, training in counseling and experience in museum design and web content strategy. He joined Mad Genius as a copywriter and audience researcher in 2007, a time shortly after social media was beginning to take root. Now, as social media ...

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Read September 10 issue of MBJ

>> EMPIRE CRUMBLES Full coverage of Tri-State Brick & Tile’s topple from the wall— by Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >>OUTDOORS Researchers at MSU to examine possible Tanglefoot development by Clay Chandler >> BEER Lucky Town Brewing Co. agrees to terms with contract brewer by Clay Chandler >> FACEBOOK Cities turning to social media to round up delinquent ...

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STODDER: Businesses need social media, not Don Draper

Don Draper, the fictional madman-adman of TV fame, has survived booze, cigarettes, two marriages and countless affairs, but a social-media trailblazer insists the 21st century would kill him. Kill Draper’s spectacular advertising career, anyway. Curtis Hougland, who has founded – twice – the social-media-marketing firm Attention, is telling corporate executives that Draper’s presentations, dazzling with slogans and story boards, would ...

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Expert: Social media isn’t a free way to advertise

The biggest recent development in social media is the conversion of all pages to what Facebook calls the Timeline. Previously individual and business profiles were similar. But on March 30, Facebook began instituting the Timeline format for individual users and a separate pages function for businesses. Frank Owen, social media director, Mad Genius, Ridgeland, said “pages”’ for businesses is a ...

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How social media has shaped the case of Trayvon Martin

In the killing of Trayvon Martin, the angel and the devil of social media have discovered the perfect battlefield. Without social media, the Feb. 26 killing of Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla., probably would have remained forever a four-paragraph news brief in the local newspaper. On that rainy night, Martin was walking from a grocery store to ...

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