Friday, June 29, 2018

Mississippi summit on journalism and democracy July 14 will be one of several held by states' humanities organizations

Journalists from inside Mississippi and across the country will take the spotlight Saturday, July 14 at one of several events around the nation to focus attention on the role of journalism in democracy.

"People, Politics, and the Press: A Civic Engagement Summit" will be held in Jackson at the new Two Mississippi Museums, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The keynote speakers will be Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune and former deputy editor of The New Republic magazine, and Holly Springs, Miss., native Jesse Holland, an author and national correspondent for The Associated Press. Alex Burns, a national political correspondent for The New York Times, is scheduled to appear in a panel discussion on political coverage in the presidency of Donald Trump.
Anita Lee of the Biloxi Sun Herald, R.L. Nave of Mississippi Today, Charlie Smith of The Columbian-Progress in Columbia, Ray Mosby of the Deer Creek Pilot, Jamie Patterson of The Yazoo Herald, and AP's Emily Pettus and Jeff Amy will join discussions on a range of journalism topics, including the work of and challenges to local newspapers in Mississippi, covering politics at the state Capitol, and public trust in the news media.

"This program is part of a special initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by state humanities councils to explore the crucial role journalism plays in creating informed citizens and a healthy democracy," Humanities Council Executive Director Stuart Rockoff said in a news release.

Admission is free but registration is required. Lunch will be available for a fee at the time of registration. For a complete agenda, speaker and panelist biographies, and to register, go to

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