Spread the word

Like us on Facebook

Merry Christmas from Mississippi Matters!

December 24, 2018

In my dream, this was the best Christmas

December 23, 2018

If Jesus appeared out of nowhere

December 23, 2018

Please reload

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. 

October 16, 2018

Nearly one quarter of Mississippi students enrolled in public schools are attending one that received a failing grade.

According to an examination of data from the 2017 accountability grades issued by the Mississippi Department of Education and enrollment numbers, 24.57...

October 15, 2018

The Mississippi Charter Authorizer Board approved the applications of two new charter schools for the Jackson area and rejected another at its meeting Monday. 

One of the new schools will be the state's first charter school high school, while the other will be a K-8 sch...

October 11, 2018

The Mississippi Department of Education released its annual accountability scores Thursday and schools in Jackson — either from the Jackson Public School District or the three charter schools — largely struggled to make the grade.

The Mississippi State Board of Educatio...

August 2, 2018

According to records obtained by Mississippi Matters, the Jackson Public School District funded building improvements, maintenance and operations (utility bills and other non-maintenance costs) at a rate of slightly more than three percent annually over the last decade...

October 19, 2017

The Mississippi Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Thursday brought by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and 21 school districts that sought more than $235 million in additional state funding.

The 2014 lawsuit said that the Legislature was mandated by law to fully fund the Mi...

October 19, 2017

The Petal School District received top marks in the annual school and district accountability grades issued by the Mississippi Department of Education Thursday.

Jackson Public School District — which has been recommended for a state takeover by the state Board of Educat...

Please reload

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

So why


© 2017 MississippiMatters

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.