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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 6, 2018

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee released its budgetary recommendations for fiscal 2020 Wednesday, promising a 1 percent overall cut from last year's appropriations

There is about a $213.4 million difference between the legislative proposal and the one issu...

December 4, 2018

The Mississippi Legislature's chief watchdog group says in a new report that the taxpayer-funded Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau has no working budget and spends more on personnel costs and less on advertising than other comparable tourism bureaus.

PEER also sai...

November 21, 2018

Gov. Phil Bryant released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year last week that would spend $170 million more than last year and includes money for a teacher pay raise, more money for college student financial aid and another trooper school.

According to the...

September 11, 2018

Two longtime legislators and friends presented differing views of the just completed special session at the Stennis Capitol Press Forum Monday.

State Rep. Greg Snowden (R-Meridian) and state Sen. Hob Bryan (D-Amory) both voted against the lottery bill that passed with t...

September 4, 2018

If Mississippi's lottery follows that of Arkansas in its first few years in operation, the lottery could earn at least $80 million in its first year according to comparisons with the Natural State, according to analysis of data by Mississippi Matters.

After that, if Ark...

August 28, 2018

An infrastructure package and a bill that would create a state lottery now await the signature of Gov. Phil Bryant into law.

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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.