Mississippi Today’s #PublicNewsroom events are regular community gatherings where people come together with reporters to listen, receive feedback, and build relationships. We host these in a variety of spaces in the Delta: from Clarksdale to Cleveland, in churches and community centers.
We believe that by hosting conversations and sharing our reporting through these gatherings, we are building stronger relationships with the communities that we report on.
Thursday, July 25 | Location TBD
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June 27 | Crosstown Fellowship Church
#PN6: The Evolution of Voter Suppression
Voting rights violations have evolved throughout the years. From outright refusal of allowing African Americans to vote, to the enactment of voter ID laws, to the lack of educational resources on how to vote, roadblocks to casting ballots have been as prevalent as voting itself. The issue becomes especially poignant when considering the links between literacy and civic engagement, inadequate education funding, and the overall state of public education in the Delta.
What are the specific issues that prohibit people in the Delta from voting? Is there something in particular that makes it more difficult to vote here than in other places around the state? Do we know what modern day voting rights violations look like? Join Delta based reporters Aallyah Wright and Kelsey Davis for a conversation about what voting looks like here and what stories need to be told about it.
May 23, 2019 | Crosstown Fellowship Church
#PN5: Elections 2019
As journalists, we've heard many times and from many Deltans that issues plaguing the region have long been overlooked by elected officials in Jackson. While covering the 2019 statewide and legislative elections, we want to make sure we ask candidates the questions you want answered. What issues and questions should we take to them? What have the state’s politicians done well in the past for the Delta? Perhaps more importantly, what haven’t they done that could have served you and why?
Join political reporter Adam Ganucheau, who closely covers the Capitol, along with Delta based reporters Aallyah Wright and Kelsey Davis for a conversation about what leaders have done, what they haven’t done, and what Deltans can do about it.
Help us start a conversation in Jackson and the rest of the state about how the Delta is overlooked on solving chronic crises like the state of roads and bridges, education, and employment opportunities. Whether you’re satisfied with legislative action, skeptical about how lawmakers in Jackson serve the Delta or unsure how to make sense of it all, we want to hear from you.
View the post-event resource guide here.
Meet our Delta Bureau
Aallyah Wright is a native of Clarksdale and a Mississippi Delta reporter covering education and local government. She is also a guest radio host for WROX Radio (97.5 FM) and was a playwright/reporter for "Beautiful Agitators," a 2017 project by StoryWorks/Reveal Labs from the Center for Investigative Reporting in partnership with Mississippi Today. Aallyah has a bachelor’s in journalism with minors in communications and theater from Delta State University. Prior to joining Mississippi Today January 2017, she interned as a reporter for the Bolivar Commercial and was the project producer and community journalist for The Cleveland Yearbook, a project by The Center for Investigative Reporting and Delta Arts Alliance. In 2018, Aallyah earned a fellowship with Hechinger Report to report on Mississippi’s teacher shortage and its effects. Her reporting with the Mississippi Today Education Team for "Behind the Headlines:Cleveland Central" received third-place at the 68th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards. Her work has appeared in The Hechinger Report, The Daily Journal and Delta Magazine. She is a Community Advisory Board Member for Aspen Youth Leaders Fellowship Delta and a board member for Lower Mississippi River Foundation.
“The work I do here at Mississippi Today is important because there's not many who are dedicated to report from or committed to living in an area like the Delta. It's empowering for people from here to see someone who looks like them giving back to the community by amplifying their messages, providing them with additional resources and information to better inform their decisions. And, essentially, giving them diverse stories with being fair and factual.”
Kelsey Davis is from Mobile, Ala., and currently lives in Cleveland, where she works as one of our Mississippi Delta-based reporters covering education and intersecting issues. Kelsey has a dual degree in journalism and Spanish from Auburn University and worked as an editorial intern at Texas Monthly and a courts reporter at the Montgomery Advertiser. Prior to joining Mississippi Today August 2017, she won awards for her reporting on public housing and the life of a parolee re-entering society.
“The work we in the Delta bureau do is integral because this area has historically gone underreported on. As a result, issues central to the Delta haven’t been as much apart of statewide conversations. The ways that statewide policy specifically affects the Delta haven’t been as widely discussed. There is a critical need to elevate those conversations and our work aims to do that.”