School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

Meek students produce documentary on Mississippi casinos

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by ewrobins


Casinos in Mississippi: Worth the Gamble is a new documentary produced by the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism that explores the impact of casinos in the state since they were legalized in the 1990s. Through a series of interviews with state leaders and key players in the casino industry, the documentary investigates how casinos have changed the state for better or worse, and asks if they were worth the gamble.

The documentary was produced by reporters, videographers and instructors at The University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media.  The documentary was a joint project of a documentary class taught by Dr. Brad Schultz and an Advanced Reporting class taught by Dr. Kathleen Wickham. Students in both classes shared interviews and teamed on reporting trips. The Documentary students wrote and edited the 30-minute documentary. The Advanced Reporting students produced a webpage with supplemental stories, background information and additional features.

Those interested in screening the film may contact Dr. Brad Shultz, director, at  You can also find information about the documentary on our official website, at and on Facebook and Twitter.