“Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together,” said famed publisher Joseph Pulitzer. On Saturday, nationally recognized names in the media, including some of the region’s best reporters and civic leaders will gather in Jackson for a one-day civic engagement summit.

The opening keynote address for “People, Politics and the Press 2020” will be given by Holly Springs, Mississippi native Elise Jordan, political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News and a TIME contributor. The summit, presented by Mississippi Today in partnership with the state Humanities Council and the Mississippi Museum of Art, will take place Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson.

“People, Politics and the Press is one of Mississippi Today’s signature events, and an important part of the way our newsroom lives out its mission of civic engagement and public dialog. This event is a great way for our readers to meet reporters from Mississippi Today and around the country, and to ask questions about issues, process and impact,” said Mary Margaret White, Mississippi Today executive director.

In addition to Jordan, other speakers include Curtis Wilkie, chair of the journalism department at the University of Mississippi, Ryan L. Nave, Mississippi Today editor-in-chief, Katrice Hardy, USA Today regional editor for the South, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr., cartoonists Marshall Ramsey and Scott Stantis.

Also featured will be several reporters with deep Mississippi roots, including Ko Bragg of “Frontline,” Jerry Mitchell of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and Mississippi Today reporters Anna Wolfe, Adam Ganucheau, Larrison Campbell and Aallyah Wright.

Topics include the role of journalism in our democracy, investigative stories and storytelling about resiliency in Mississippi and the South. Political reporters will discuss how they pursue stories in the state’s current political climate.

“We have worked hard to deliver the highest caliber speakers and presenters, and to pay attention to the details of what makes a Mississippi Today event so great—the perfect balance of networking, fellowship and information. We want folks to walk away with a sense of community, and the feeling that they are more informed than before they walked through the door,” added White.

View the schedule and complete list of speakers and moderators.

The summit will also feature a closer-look in the Museum of Arts galleries and a chance to explore the permanent collection, New Symphony of Time.

Tickets are $15 and $27.


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