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December 24, 2018

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December 23, 2018

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December 23, 2018

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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

Watch Tuesday's Two
Watch Wednesday's Woman
Watch Thursday's Thought
Watch Talk It Out
Watch Unlikely (Video) Encounter

A new grass-roots writing initiative identifies talented young writers and gives them the same "select" opportunity that their peers in sports and music have. The results are already are great and the plans for growth statewide are big. 

November 5, 2018

When Mississippians vote tomorrow, less than 40 percent will have a clue. The facts (see "the fresh facts" below) are brutally honest.

How in the world can this "clue-factor" be true?

I mean, we are in fact of the class "homo sapiens"--the smartest living thing on t...

September 17, 2018

Over our first year, Mississippi Matters has enjoyed steady growth and great exchanges with readers--and critics. (Thanks!)

Now Facebook steps in.


has started blocking  

some normal efforts

to reach new readers. 

Due to Facebook's move, we're still growing bu...

September 12, 2018

Where were you when Kennedy got shot? 

I was at McWillie Elementary in Jackson, Mississippi, where I was a first-grade student.

Where were you when the Challenger Space Shuttle blew up?

I was in the studio at WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where I worked as a commer...

September 11, 2018

I suppose everyone who is old enough to remember September 11, 2001, can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing that fateful morning. For my generation, the day has the same prominence as November 22, 1963—the day of JFK’s assassination—had for my pare...

September 7, 2018

I have come to praise the Mississippi Legislature, not to bury it. At least this once.

In a week-long special session, the Legislature did what it couldn't do during the regular session: Pass a bill that deals with the state's infrastructure woes without raising gasolin...

August 3, 2018

Mississippi Matters strives to offer a wide range of ideas and voices. As someone who works with leaders from all backgrounds, Ronnie Crudup is a respected leader in Jackson and Mississippi. While we all hold opinions about Jackson Public Schools, we hope folks will li...

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Confused and frustrated by others and his state, Horace Benbow in William Faulkner’s 

Sanctuary says, “I need a change. Either I, or Mississippi, one.”

     Do we sometimes feel like Horace? We love our state, but it confounds us.     

      Mississippimatters' creative co-op of writers, videographers and thinkers invites wrestling with such tensions.

     MM won't cover much breaking news. Instead, it will reflect, suggest  and chat.

     Some entries will be a bit deeper. We will feature investigative articles other publications avoid. Lots of lighthearted ideas will be tossed in about enjoyable people, places and things. Expect an eclectic mix.

      If we're easily pegged politically or socially, we need to do better. Let us know.

     Some contributors have "extra" degrees, others are "degree-less." All can write; they care and dare to share their hearts and minds (and they can turn a phrase).

    Our writers come from unlikely places. We think some of the best thinkers use a wrench. not a pen. 

     Some of our "takes" may upset you.Thanks for feeling! Some may prop up your opinions. We hope to prompt banter at water coolers, coffee shops and family tables.

     It’s so true—we in the Magnolia State often feel like Horace Benbow. Faulkner tapped into us. 

     How about us doing some head-scratching together?  

     Let’s laugh, muse and talk. After all, Mississippi Matters. 

                           The Editors

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MississippiMatters is a news blog of cooperative writers, videographers and podcasters published by  The Well Writers Guild, a 501c3 devoted to mentoring Mississippi writers and to addressing uncovered or under-covered topics.  MississippiMatters focuses on offering creative "takes" on our state's culture, ideas, events and more.