Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Anklam to lead new Mississippi news website

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.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

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.

If we had $1 for every one of these lofty watchdogs we could "fully fund" education in Mississippi.

Increasing citizen awareness, including how government action affects people and communities, may lead to greater civic engagement.

It won't.

Anonymous said...

This is good news. Mississippi has been in need of additional options for our news and for quite some time.

To Clarify... said...

Ahem. William Winter was never a reporter for The Clarion Ledger, but he reportedly stayed in a Holiday Inn Jr. once and announced yesterday that he is Mississippi's 'Vote For Hillary' chief of state operations.

Anonymous said...

Will this be a free news service?

Anonymous said...

MSNIC is their acronym?

It's a good thing they're not the Hattiesburg News and Information Corporation.

Anonymous said...

I'm not holding my breath. Single issue sites tend to sound more like advertising than journalism.

Color Me Suspicious said...

What does Mississippi have - 4 electoral votes? This smells suspiciously like a Soros-funded project like the Secretary of State project to tip elections to the Dems.
The largest paper in the state, the C-L, is run by the head of the Democratic Party already - is he not producing enough results at election time? Why are all these nationally-known people so interested in one of the smallest stats in the union? Very suspicious.

Anonymous said...

I'll color you paranoid 11:27.

Anonymous said...

This news project is birthed and funded by the one and only James Barksdale. He is not mentioned in the article. I don't think he is interested in ad revenues. He is interested in skewering politicians that don't support education.

noel said...

He should skewer parents that don't support education. All the politicians and money in the world can't fix broken families.

Anonymous said...

I give them 6 months
As for poor, OLD William Winter: He shuffles out every time a toothless liberal is required.

Anonymous said...

Yeah 3:03. Jim Barksdale is certainly a loser and a quitter (like you).

Anonymous said...

I thought the Barksdale rumor was because this address was in the same business park as one of his offices.

Anonymous said...

4:29 it ain't a rumor. He is gonna be a perpetual hell raiser and make some people's lives miserable. Get deep into issues totally through the internet.

Anonymous said...

Colored Suspicious, its 6. Not that it matters (Recognize they don't teach civics any more in government schools)

The $$$s behind this deal has nothing to do with national politics. Its a reaction to the millions that went into the illfounded I42 last year. Wanting revenge and a way to move the needle so they can try again later with another tactic.

Anonymous said...

5:25 = bingo.

#getready He is pissed.

Anonymous said...

He is gonna be a perpetual hell raiser and make some people's lives miserable. Get deep into issues totally through the internet.

Bring it. Then he won't mind anyone legally standing outside his palatial exclusive white gated community drawing attention throught the internet to his investment.

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