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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. 

December 20, 2017

I live in the 12th worst city in America.  Wow.  

24/7 Wall St. dove into data of over 500 U.S. cities with populations of 65,000 or more and found the crummiest places in all the country to plant your family.  They looked at things like quality of schools, strengt...

September 28, 2017

A poll commissioned by Millsaps College found that 40 percent of the poll's 509 respondents thought the state was headed in the wrong direction.

September 25, 2017

Mississippi boys who play youth football probably incur at least a sliver of brain damage during any season, according to new national research. 

A new study shows that it's the little head-shots that add up - not necessarily the notable concussions -to injure a youth’s...

September 25, 2017

One of the highlights of the Christmas season was watching the various TV specials, the best of which was "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." 

Burl Ives narrated and sang several songs in the special, which told the story of how a certain glowing nose helped save Santa Cl...

September 22, 2017

NOTE: Nathan Clark (a pseudonym to protect him) was falsely accused by Mississippi’s Child Protective Services of child abuse. He was separated from one of his young children for more than a year, but he and his wife prevailed at the state Supreme Court level. Tragical...

September 22, 2017

NOTE: MADELINE BURDINE--A SOPHOMORE AT ITAWAMBA COMMUNITY COLLEGE--HAS A SPECIAL GIFT FOR WORDS THAT GO DEEP AND FILL TO THE BRIM. SHE IS ONE OF THREE COLLEGE INTERNS CURRENTLY ON STAFF WITH MISSISSIPPI MATTERS.

I have no idea where you find yourself in life right now. 

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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.