Mississippi Free Press Editor & CEO Donna Ladd announces the promotion of Ashton Pittman to news editor and Kayode Crown to senior reporter.
“Every person in Mississippi has the right to know how our legislative public servants are making decisions and why,” Donna Ladd writes.
“Free Press journalism is here, it is statewide, it is stronger, more trusted and more determined than ever,” Donna Ladd writes.
“In 2023, we hope to hire an anti-corruption reporter to focus on this work of interrogating the systems that allow this ugly cycle to continue.”
“Are shifting voting locations and outdated intentional suppression? Or is it about poor systems and oversight and general half-assed ‘good enough’ approaches that too often make excellence in Mississippi so difficult? I suspect it’s a combination of both.”
Free press journalism requires tough skin, Donna Ladd writes. “Changing systems and power structures is hard and often thankless work.”
Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer Kimberly Griffin networked more after learning she is the 2022 Emerging News Leader of the year in the Institute for Nonprofit News Awards.
“These white folks don’t want us all to own our role and to work together; they want to finger-point at a Black mayor who inherited a billion-dollar-plus water-sewer crisis, fixate only on recent missteps and, thus, abdicate all other responsibility,” MFP Editor and CEO Donna Ladd writes. “That simplistic approach continues the old cycles.”