Mississippi Today is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) news and media company with a forward-facing mission of civic engagement and public dialog through service journalism, live events and digital outreach.
Our newsroom is dedicated to providing Mississippians with reporting that inspires active interest in their state and equips them to engage in community life.
We envision a Mississippi where engaging in the news is a way of life. We think good reporting and the accountability it inspires can change the trajectory of our state.
We commit to engage our readers by:
• Providing top-notch service journalism via digital dissemination
• Creating a forum for public dialog through social media
• Hosting live events where people can interact with newsmakers and reporters
Who We Are
• ACCOUNTABLE: We deploy a robust core of reporters to cover day-to-day workings of state government.
• DIVERSE: Our newsroom is diverse demographically, experientially and at every level of leadership.
• AUTHENTIC: We collaborate with various newsgroups and universities to engage in community-connected journalism that best serves our citizens.
Mississippi News and Information Corporation, operating as Mississippi Today, was incorporated in Mississippi as a nonprofit organization on Oct. 3, 2014, and was granted its exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code on March 6, 2015.
MississippiToday.org is supported by grants from foundations, by contributions from donors and sponsors and by advertising. All donations are tax deductible. A complete list of the Mississippi Today donors and sponsors can be viewed here.
Code of Ethics
Mississippi Today adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.
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Policy on Editorial Independence
Mississippi Today, as a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), subscribes to INN’s standards of editorial independence as follows:
Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We will maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.
We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.
Our organization also may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.
Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $1,000 or more. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.