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Meet panelists of the Mississippi Local News Summit

Posted on: June 4th, 2024 by msross

Q&As by Violet Jira

Max Resnik

Max Resnik — City Bureau

What should attendees of the Summit know about your organization and its goals?

“City Bureau is a journalism lab that’s based in Chicago. We work with news organizations all over the country through our Documenters program to train and pay local residents to attend local public meetings, take notes, and contribute to the journalism process within their city or community. We’ve learned a lot over the last six years and are now in 19 sites and growing.

We’re excited to share what we’ve learned, challenges we’ve overcome, and things that might be inspirational, hopefully, to journalists, reporters, and publishers in Mississippi.”

 

What is most interesting to you and your organization about journalism in Mississippi?

“This is going to be a brand new state for us to learn about, so I’m really curious to learn about what types of networks exist connecting different smaller towns and connecting different larger cities. I’m here to learn as much as possible. I’m very new to journalism in Mississippi.”

 

What do you hope will be the outcome of the Mississippi Local News Summit in June?

“I’m really excited to learn about all of the innovative ways that startup publications as well as folks who have been doing this for a while are innovating to meet the moment and thinking about how they’ll involve students, journalism schools, and other types of collaborating networks that can form to support the information needs of local residents.”

 

What do you love about journalism?

“The thing that I love the most about journalism is the opportunity to embrace curiosity as more than a pastime. So many of the people who work as documenters in our network have curiosities about how their city functions, how budgets are decided. Documenters provides a context to act on that curiosity and to get paid while doing so.”

 

 

Jim Brady

Jim Brady — Knight Foundation

What should attendees of the Summit know about your organization and its goals?

“Knight Foundation has been funding local journalism since 1950, and in the past 15 years, has made hundreds of millions in grants to help try and find a new business model for local journalism. We believe in the power of local journalism to inform and engage communities to better allow each individual to make decisions to improve their lives. We also committed $150 million over five years to support Press Forward, a subject I know we’ll be discussing in Oxford.”

 

What is most interesting to you and your organization about journalism in Mississippi?

“Press Forward Mississippi. We’re thrilled CREATE Foundation led to help form this chapter, and Knight will be glad to help support this effort in any way we can. Coming to this event to talk about the broader Press Forward is just one of the ways we can do that. There is also still a strong local media ecosystem in Mississippi, thanks to good work still being done by Mississippi Today, the Mississippi Free Press, the Clarion-Ledger and more. But there’s room for more. A lot more.”

 

What do you hope will be the outcome of the Mississippi Local News Summit in June?

“A deeper knowledge about Press Forward, and about the opportunities a Press Forward Mississippi will be able to provide for media in the state. I also would love to see more funders in the state decide to join CREATE in helping support Mississippi’s news ecosystem.”

 

What do you love about journalism?

“I knew I wanted to be in journalism when I saw “All the President’s Men” in the theater in

  1. While everyone else was getting excited about “Star Wars,” I was still re-watching ATPM.

I have now met Woodard, Bernstein and knew Ben Bradlee before he passed. I can confirm all of them are cooler than Luke Skywalker.”

 

 

Dale Anglin

Dale R. Anglin — Press Forward

What should attendees of the Summit know about your organization and its goals?

“The steady and significant decline in the availability of reliable, fact-based local news across the country is connected to growing threats to democracy, increasing polarization, and the spread of disinformation. At the same time, over a decade of investment in journalism experimentation and transformation have produced new models and solutions that are ready to scale, and a new generation of leaders prepared to reinvent and revitalize the field.

Over 57 Press Forward donor and foundation partners are moving from individual grantmaking strategies to a shared vision and coordinated action. Press Forward is a national coalition investing more than $500 million to strengthen local newsrooms, close longstanding gaps in journalism coverage, advance public policy that expands access to local news, and to scale the infrastructure the sector needs to thrive.”



What is most interesting to you and your organization about journalism in Mississippi?

“All residents need fact-based reporting that covers quality of life issues and stories that hold our government accountable.  Mississippi has invested in award winning non-profit news rooms that are shining a bright light on new ways to create credible stories of importance.  Press Forward is excited that Mississippi successfully applied to be a Press Forward Chapter. We look forward to working with you as a key partner in our search to grow quality local media.”



What do you hope will be the outcome of the Mississippi Local News Summit in June?

“Allow conversations regarding how to do better local journalism in Mississippi. Great networking among colleagues working in this field.”

 

What do you love about journalism?

“Journalism seeks to inform our fellow community members about issues that are important to our lives-arts, education, politics, government, etc.  Good local journalism is a connector in communities and can serve as a convener in communities that have lost ways to come together.  I love when people see themselves in stories and that helps empower them to be part of the solution.”