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‘Garden and Gun’ sets deadline for awards

Garden & Gun magazine announces the final call for entries in its 11th annual Made in the South Awards. Any business or maker with a Southern-made product that falls into one of six categories—Food, Drink, Home, Style, Crafts, and Outdoors—may apply until midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 1.  The overall winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and will be prominently featured alongside the other category ...

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TODD SMITH — Associated Press to capitalize ‘Black,’ Merriam-Webster redefines ‘racism’

The Associated Press is changing its style to capitalize Black when referring to it in a racial, ethnic or cultural way — a move newsrooms across the United States have made in recent weeks. And Merriam-Webster is revising its definition of racism after a Missouri woman’s emails claimed it fell short of including the systemic oppression of certain groups of ...

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The Ramey Agency hires digital marketing strategist Emily Jones

The Ramey Agency, a nationally recognized marketing firm, recently hired Emily Jones as digital marketing strategist, where she will lead digital marketing initiatives backed by sound research and analysis. Jones received her Master of Business Administration at Loyola University New Orleans. She started her career with NOLA Media Group (NMG), which is where Ramey first crossed paths with Jones, partnering ...

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Former Delta State student confesses to creating racist social media post about herself

A former Delta State University student confessed to DSU police to creating a racist social media post about herself. Initially, she had admitted to posting it on her own Facebook page, but, until today, had denied that she had been the originator of the post. Delta State officials are determining the proper course of action. “We are relieved to have ...

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TODD SMITH — McDonald’s ad honors victims of police brutality

A new, silent 60-second ad from McDonald’s honors Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, saying “they were all one of us.” “We see them in our customers,” text on the screen reads. “We see them in our crew members. We see them in our franchisees.” As protesters take to the streets ...

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TODD SMITH — Influencer marketing is a great communications tool in today’s world

Influencer marketing has experienced explosive growth in recent years. Previous projections had it estimated to become a $15 billion market by 2022, and that was before the rapid rise of TikTok and content creation under quarantine.   However, alongside this growth have been increasingly bleak headlines: The influencer marketing bubble is set to burst, influence is phony and influencer fraud is costing companies more than ...

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Judge: Health Dept. must respond to public records request

A Mississippi judge ruled Tuesday that the state Health Department must respond to a newspaper’s public records request about long-term care facilities where outbreaks of the new coronavirus have occurred. Hinds County Chancery Judge Tiffany Grove granted an emergency injunction in favor of Hattiesburg Publishing Inc., which owns the Pine Belt News. Grove wrote that the Health Department has seven days to ...

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TODD SMITH — Here’s what consumers want from brands in the midst of COVID-19

Consumers are shifting from an “acute” phase of concern about the coronavirus crisis pandemic to a “transitory” phase that will ultimately lead to “normalcy,” top analysts at market researcher Global Web Index said recently during a media preview of their latest wave of COVID-19 tracking studies. The new findings, based on a third wave surveying more that 15,000 people April ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans support local news relief in Coronavirus era

The meltdown of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus is slamming an already trampled financial chapter for local news organizations – especially local newspapers. While Americans are not overly concerned about the effect of the downturn on local news in their area, they do support financial assistance for local news organizations as part of COVID-19 relief legislation. At ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans have positive view of COVID-19 media coverage

Coverage of the coronavirus outbreak has consumed much of the news media’s attention as Americans look for information in a time of high anxiety and uncertainty. U.S. adults overall hold more positive than negative views of the news media’s coverage of the COVID-19 crisis, while their broader attitudes toward the news media are more evenly divided or more negative, according to a ...

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