It’s no secret — we believe that an independent press is vital to the health of both our democracy and our Mississippi communities. And the need for journalism that works for the people and with the people has never been more clear than now. 

Nonprofit news helps make a difference in our state because it puts the power where it belongs: with you, the people. It empowers all of us to take active interest in civic life and to make decisions in the best interest of our communities and families.

Heading into the final two months of what has been an unpredictable year (to say the least), we’re reflecting on the impact 2020 has had — and will have for years to come — on our newsroom and state. Because as the world around us changes, so do the needs of our readers.

Our mission is to ensure that the information Mississippians need to make sense of what’s at stake stays free and accessible for all, especially those without means to pay for the news. But we can’t do it without you. As a nonprofit newsroom, we rely on donations from readers to power our work, and we’re calling on all Mississippians who support independent journalism to own a stake in it. 

Starting now — through December 31 — we’re participating in NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign that drives donations to nonprofit news organizations (like ours!). NewsMatch will match your new monthly donation 12x or double your one-time gift, all up to $5,000. Funding like this helps ensure that we can continue reporting to you for many more “unprecedented” years to come.

The time is now. Trusted journalism like ours has never mattered more. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation.

If you need to know more about Mississippi Today’s impact before donating, check out this list of recent important stories we’ve written and recognition our newsroom has received.

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Mary Margaret is the CEO of Mississippi Today. She works closely with the Mississippi Today leadership team to ensure collaboration and mission alignment throughout our nonprofit newsroom. Mary Margaret builds relationships with foundations, grant makers and impact donors to ensure reporters have the financial support they need to do their work.