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TODD SMITH — Writing mistakes, words & phrases to avoid for clearer communications

Bad writing can sink your brand and wreck your reputation! Professional writing coaches from across the country recently shared the biggest mistakes they encounter, and tips on how to avoid them with Fast Company. Writing inappropriately for the audience is a frequent pitfall, Wilma Davidson, author of the book “Business Writing: What Works, What Won’t,” said. Scolding readers or failing ...

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PETER FUNT — Brian Williams earns his way back

Television’s most elegant and articulate anchor, who shepherds what is arguably the nation’s most informative nightly news program, continues to toil in relative obscurity. It’s not that viewership for Brian Williams’s 11 p.m. ET program on MSNBC is tiny; it reaches nearly two million people on an average night. It’s that the broadcast from which Williams was exiled four years ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Break the echo chamber

The internet and social media have empowered us with far greater amounts of information and at increasingly faster rates than any other point in the history of humankind.  The benefits of this democratization are omnipresent and permeate almost every aspect of our lives now.  For technologies that have largely only existed for about a decade, it is hard to imagine ...

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TODD SMITH — Push alerts are driving mobile news strategy

News fans in today’s digital world are craving more push alerts, less breaking news – and, yes, less of the smiley/frowny/angry/kissy emoji speak. An analysis of some 30 publisher’s mobile notifications shows that the nature of news alerts has stayed the same but newsroom managers are thinking differently about how to use them. In a follow-up study to a 2017 ...

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40 years and still printing — MBJ still the leading source of business news in Magnolia State

In August 1979, a new business-focused, statewide newspaper hit the newsstand for the first time. Dubbed the Mississippi Business Journal, that first issue dealt with transportation issues, oil and gas exploration and the upcoming gubernatorial election as well as offering people in the news, business briefs, editorials and more. The frequency of the publication would evolve from monthly to weekly, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Perhaps we don’t care what the truth is?

Do Americans want to be deceived?    In 2012 Marquette University ethics professor emeritus Dr. Daniel McGuire penned an amazingly contemporary piece entitled “The Loneliness of the Truth Teller” for the Huffington Post.   He wrote there is a “striking conviction of the Jewish and Christian biblical writers that people perversely seem to want to be deceived. The third century ...

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Daily newspaper to launch in Memphis in the fall

By JACK WEATHERLY A daily newspaper will debut in the fall to fill the void it says the ever-shrinking Commercial Appeal has left in the Memphis area news market. The seven-days-a-week Daily Memphian has recruited some of the leading members of the Commercial Appeal staff. Launching a metropolitan daily is a rarity in an era when many have labeled dailies ...

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BILL JACOBS — Proposed tariffs will impact each and every community in Mississippi

Mississippi’s old-line newspaper publishers most definitely would be distraught of today’s media world as pointed out in Mac Gordon’s recent guest column (Sunday, June 17) in the Clarion Ledger. They would be further distraught about proposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint that may be disastrous for newspapers across Mississippi — especially the local community ones located in small towns across the ...

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Credit union and loan fund win financial inclusion award

A Mississippi-based credit union and associated loan fund have been named the winner of The Wall Street Journal’s financial inclusion challenge. Hope Enterprise Corp. and Hope Credit Union announced the win last week. Hope operates in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. It was recognized for providing financial services in small towns in the Mississippi Delta that traditional banks have ...

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TODD SMITH — Trust Project aims to improve opinion of media

Can the media earn trust by being more transparent about its ethics and values? That’s the goal of The Trust Project, an initiative three years in the making that brings together news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Economist, and the Globe and Mail, as well as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Bing, in a commitment to “provide clarity on ...

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