Editor’s note: The following is a press release about an upcoming Mississippi Today event.

JACKSON, Miss. — Nationally known reporters, political commentators and a host of Mississippi journalists will take part in a special day-long summit focusing on the vital role of journalism in democracy and the challenges it faces in the modern age of politics and social media.

“People, Politics, and the Press” will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson. The summit is presented by the Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation, the Clarion Ledger, and Mississippi Today.

Confirmed speakers and moderators for the event include PBS NewsHour White House correspondent and NBC News contributor Yamiche Alcindor, Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin, and longtime CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston, a native Mississippian.

“This program is part of a special initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by state humanities councils to explore the crucial role journalism plays in creating informed citizens and a healthy democracy,” said Stuart Rockoff, Executive Director of the Mississippi Humanities Council.

In addition to keynote addresses, the agenda includes panel discussions on the work of and challenges to local newspapers in Mississippi, covering politics at the state capitol, and the debate over “fake news’ and public trust in the media.

“This initiative is a response to the challenges the mainstream news media has faced in our current political and cultural climate,” said MPB Executive Director Ronnie Agnew.

Over a dozen Mississippi journalists representing organizations, such as the Associated Press, Clarion Ledger, Mississippi Today, the Sun Herald, and several community newspapers are scheduled to participate.

Admission is free but registration is required. Lunch will be available for a fee of $14 at the time of registration. For a complete agenda, speaker and panelist biographies, and to register, visit the event website at peoplepoliticspress.com.

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