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Finding young writers. Taking Them to New Levels!

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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 12, 2018

Steve Wilson is the investigative editor at Mississippi Matters. He appears weekly on Wednesday mornings on WMXI 98.1 FM's Pine Belt Daybreak program in Hattiesburg with Michael Pol and Ted Tibbett to talk about his work and Mississippi politics.


On October 3, Wilson d...

October 8, 2018

According to an examination of data by Mississippi Matters, appropriations for debt service by the Mississippi Legislature have increased 33 percent since 2009.

In fiscal 2009, lawmakers appropriated more than $289 million to pay for service on the state's debt. For fis...

September 27, 2018

A report released Tuesday by the non-partisan financial advocacy group Truth in Accounting says that Mississippi taxpayers would owe $11,300 apiece to cover the state's debts.

According to the report, the state has only $5.7 billion of assets available to pay its bills,...

February 20, 2018

Mississippi lawmakers could be adding to the state's debt to pay for an addition to the state's liquor warehouse and to help fund improvements at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard.

House Bill 391 would provide $45 million in bonds to help with improvements at Huntington Inga...

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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. 

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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.