MFP Impact, Awards and Media Coverage – 2024
(See 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Impact) Since the Mississippi Free Press launched on March 15, 2020, just as COVID-19 was hitting the state, the team’s journalism has had a significant impact, as well as drawn consistent attention from other media. Following is a reverse timeline of impact, media collaborations, and international, national, and state media mentions and pickups.
February 16, 2024
February 12, 2024
As a local news outlet, MFP’s decision to publish a story on a national news event, namely statements by former president Donald Trump that he would encourage Russia to attach American allies, became national news in its own right. The merits of that decision were discussed by outlets including Nieman Lab, Coachella Valley Independent, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and Media Nation.
February 10, 2024
The Washington Post interviewed MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman for their story about social media platform Meta’s announcement that they will no longer recommend political content on Instagram or Threads.
February 2, 2024
KFF Health News featured MFP Reporter Heather Harrison’s story about Mississippi House Bill 713, which would criminalize “abortion trafficking,” or the transport of a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion by an adult who is not the parent or legal guardian of the minor, in their Morning Briefing.
January 24, 2024
The Grio referenced reporting by MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman in their story following up on the case of D’Monterrio Gibson, who was shot at by two white men while delivering packages as a FedEx driver in Brookhaven, Miss. The story was also posted by Yahoo! News.
January 23, 2024
In their story addressing the decision of new Mississippi House Speaker Jason White to continue convening Republican caucus meetings in private, Mississippi Today referenced and recapped the MFP’s role in challenging such meetings as contrary to the state’s Open Meetings Act. The story was reprinted in the Delta Democrat-Times.
January 20, 2024
The Tennessee Tribune reprinted MFP reporter Heather Harrison’s story “Medical Cannabis Advocates Urge Easier Access For Mississippi Patients.”
January 10, 2024
The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, has named MFP Publisher and Co-founder Kimberly Griffin as a fellow of the 2024 Media Transformation Challenge (MTC) Program: A Poynter Institute Executive Fellowship. The cohort of 25 senior executives from media organizations around the country will, over the next year, master tools of performance-driven change, have access to diverse executive coaches and connect with former Fellows. Congratulations, Kimberly! We are proud to have you representing MFP in this distinguished program.
January 9, 2024
Yahoo! News referred to information from a June 2023 story by MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman in their story about police bodycam footage showing the moment an 11-year-old Indianola boy was shot in the chest by a policeman.