As a reader of Mississippi Today, you know we do things a little differently around here. There is never a paywall to read our site, and our stories are available to any newspaper or media outlet to republish at no cost. We don’t charge a subscription fee or clutter our articles with ads that aren’t relevant to our reader community. But why, and how, do we do this?

We do this because we know that information is critical to a stronger Mississippi, and it is good for democracy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are driven by the belief that good reporting and the accountability it inspires can change the trajectory of our state. We are able to do this because of generous support from readers like you who share these same values.

On Tuesday, May 5 we, along with other nonprofit news organizations around the country, participated in a national day of giving called #GivingTuesdayNow. We joined the movement because we know two things to be true: that local journalism helps to build stronger communities and that news organizations meet the needs of their readers best when they’re supported by the communities they serve.

This is why we believe the nonprofit model is the best way to fund quality journalism. We are doubling down on the idea that if we ask our readers to contribute what you think we’re worth, we can build a sustainable business model for independent news in Mississippi.

If you value our work, will you make a tax-deductible donation today?

Yes, I’ll set up a monthly donation today!

By contributing, you’re supporting everyone on staff—and allowing independent news to thrive in the state we love.

We want to hear from you!

Central to our mission at Mississippi Today is inspiring civic engagement. We think critically about how we can foster healthy dialogue between people who think differently about government and politics. We believe that conversation — raw, earnest talking and listening to better understand each other — is vital to the future of Mississippi. We encourage you to engage with us and each other on our social media accounts, email our reporters directly or leave a comment for our editor by clicking the button below.

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license.

Mary Margaret White

Mary Margaret White, a Mississippi Delta native, manages the business and development side of our nonprofit newsroom as CEO. She works closely with foundations and donors to ensure reporters have the financial support needed to do their work. She also collaborates closely with our marketing and engagement teams to make sure all outreach and promotion aligns with our mission of public service journalism. She has a bachelor’s in English and journalism and a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.