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Azia Wiggins writing on a whiteboard
MFP Voices

My MFP Role Helps Me Pass Torch to Other Badass Black Mississippians

Deputy Editor Azia Wiggins writes that her work at the MFP helps mend the broken relationship between the people and media with our transparency and investigative journalism that focuses on truth and solutions—and set a higher ethical standard in journalism. And she can use the door opened to her to help other native Black Mississippians get new opportunities.

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Pictured right to left are Medical Director Crystal S. Cook, LPN Nekita Ellis and mobile unit driver Lorraine Ware
MFP Voices

Building the Baseboards of Life-Altering Journalism in Mississippi

“I’m committed to the Mississippi Free Press because this is an outlet trying to do it all. We strive for deep, timely reporting from well-supported journalists with a real dedication to Mississippi, and we are doing it without paywalls. It’s not an easy path. There aren’t any shortcuts. And most of us are too stubborn to take them anyway,” reporter Nick Judin writes.

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Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center’s mobile unit team with the Sheriff
MFP Voices

Stop the Presses: Nation Notices Excellence in Mississippi

Editor Donna Ladd writes: “We do this cause/solution-driven journalism to serve our communities, our people and to actually help move needles in our state. We are here to celebrate local efforts and to expose inadequacies that make conditions worse for traditionally marginalized Mississippians. But we are also fans of challenging the narratives of our state outside the state lines.”

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Tis the Season for Believing in Mississippi’s Potential

We need your investment in our vision for it to grow and to care for our people—Journalism costs money. But what I want you to know today is that each of you is part of this movement to gather up Mississippians past or present, and those who want to see us succeed, to believe and take collaborative action toward shared progress and change for all our people.

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A Young person being handcuffed
MFP Voices

The Associated Press Changes Crime Reporting Practices to ‘Do Less Harm’

Acknowledging that journalism can inflict wounds unnecessarily, AP will no longer name those arrested for minor crimes when the news service is unlikely to cover the story’s subsequent developments. Often, such stories’ publication hinges on an odd or entertaining quirk, and the names are irrelevant. Yet, the ramifications can loom large and be long-lasting for the persons named.

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Community members protest the Byhalia Connection Pipeline
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From Memphis to North Mississippi, Ida B. Wells’ Words Hit Mark on Byhalia Pipeline

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” said Wells, in whose honor a statue will be unveiled Friday morning July 23, 2021 on Beale Street. The vigilance she speaks of doesn’t assume every act is sinister, but it does implore us—especially journalists—to listen when disenfranchised people speak out, to be relentless in pursuit of truth in any issue, and never dismiss the plight of historically overlooked people.

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