RPD: Cheers For No. 3 In Mississippi

112th in a 2022 Series*

Congratulations to Publisher Christina Pierce and The Pine Belt News in Hattiesburg for adding to an experimental series of Community Forums in Mississippi.

“How Do We Support Public Education?” on Nov. 30 featured a panel of three local school superintendents and a community conversation moderated by the mayor of Hattiesburg.

The Mississippi Press Association, in partnership with Mississippi Humanities, also helped orchestrate the two other Community Forums — in Cleveland (How Can We Expand Tourism In the Mississippi Delta?) and Tupelo (“How Do We Combat Brain Drain?)

The Community Forum initiative seeks to instruct and demonstrate best practices in organizing civil, civic dialogue on issues of importance, thereby increasing the Relevance of newspapers.

Who will be No. 4 in Mississippi?

What other press associations will follow the Magnolia State in ensuring its member newspapers are THE Community Forum?

–Tom Silvestri

*RPD is Relevant Point of the Day.

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