Former USA Today editor Fred Anklam is the editor of Mississippi News and Information Corporation. JJ reported last week that MSNIC stole Editor R.L. Knave away from the Jackson Free Press. The company was advertising several positions for hire in December. Mr. Anklam was once a reporter at the Clarion-Ledger and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for his coverage of Governor William Winter's "successful campaign for education reform". * Mr. Anklam did not return phone calls seeking comment on his new project.
MSNIC mission statement states:
MSNIC is a nonpartisan, digital news and information resource that aggressively and objectively covers state and local government affairs and community issues, including education, health, poverty and race, as well as Mississippi’s social culture. The staff will produce high-quality reporting to act as a government watchdog, support the functioning democracy and help shape the future of the state. Increasing citizen awareness, including how government action affects people and communities, may lead to greater civic engagement. MSNIC will help create the next generation of distinguished journalists by recruiting exceptional graduates of journalism, communications and public policy educational institutions and working with current students at the state’s colleges and universities to develop skills that will prepare them for productive careers.
The Secretary of State website states attorney Patrick McCraney is the registered agent and director (Where have we heard that name before?). The company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and was formed in October 2014. Andrew Lack signed two documents that were filed at the Secretary of State's office in December 2014.
*Source: Anklam's Linkedin page.
Kingfish note: This is starting to get a little interesting.