Monthly Archives: January 2009

The future of small town newspapers

I love newspapers.  I awaken each morning to two of them in my driveway.  I also love the Internet.  And what I really enjoy is being able to read newspapers from all of the world on my computer.  Consequently, I follow the subject of the future of newspapers – make that print newspapers – with special interest.

I am particularly interested in the future of small town newspapers.  I believe that newspapers are especially important to small towns because they can set and or reflect the character and personality of a small town.  So what is the future of print newspapers in small towns?  A comment on the subject made by Sam Diaz, a blogger caught my attention.  It reads, “It’s an industry-wide dying business model that really doesn’t have much of a future left, thanks largely to the slow reaction of many newspaper executives out there who repeatedly snubbed the idea of news on the Internet.”

I think Sam may be onto something.  Print newspapers, especially those in small towns, must get more Internet savvy.  But that’s not their biggest problem.  Their dilemma is how to make money selling information on the Internet.  Advertisers apparently do not see the Internet newspaper as such a great primary source of business as they did the print newspaper.  So where do small town print newspapers go from here?  Let’s hope that it is not like the The Newton Record, a small town newspaper that just closed its doors after 107 years.

Business Facilities Magazine named Michigan as 2008 State of the Year

Business Facilities Magazine named Michigan as 2008 State of the Year, as measured by total capital investment and by creation of new jobs announced between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008. Runner-up was Montana. “Strong entries poured in from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, making a blazing statement that the South always is a contender.”

Source: Business Facilities magazine

Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa

U.S. Commercial Service to Host Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa! ; Event Designed to Help Mississippi Companies Expand to Foreign Markets
The U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration, will host Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa! on Jan. 27, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Mississippi World Trade Center, 175 East Capitol Street, Jackson, MS, 39201.

Co-sponsored by MDA, the Mississippi World Trade Center and the District Export Council, the event will feature international trade specialists who will discuss opportunities for trade and investment in the Middle East and North Africa. The seminar will provide attendees with an overview of the Middle Eastern and North African markets, market entry strategies, trade statistics and export trends. It will also provide information regarding the extension of credit to clients to help ensure success, the methods of shipping and the documents related to foreign trade in the Middle East and North Africa. At the conclusion of the seminar, speakers will be available by appointment for one-on-one counseling.  

To learn more, please visit , or register by contacting Carol Moore at (601) 965-4131, or Josh Bower at (601) 359-3792. Due to limited seating, interested parties are encouraged to register early. 

Stennis Institute sponsors D.C. trip for MSU students

Twenty-eight (Mississippi State University) students will attend the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama Tuesday through the Stennis Montgomery Association, a bipartisan political group on campus.

Marianna Prather, SMA vice president for community relations, said students with the most points at the end of the semester get to visit Washington, D.C.

“We get various points throughout the semester for different activities we are involved in through the Stennis Montgomery Association,” Prather said.

The Stennis Institute of Government sponsors SMA, she said…

… Besides attending the inauguration, the group will be involved with other activities to get the full experience of Washington, D.C.

Whitney Holliday, SMA president, said the group will be meeting with prominent Mississippi natives that will help them network for the future.

“We will meet with the Mississippi delegation and Mississippi congressmen, along with MSU lobbyists and military leaders,” Holliday said. “We will also be hosting a reception for MSU alumni, so the students on the trip can meet people in the area and network for the future.”

Click here to read the entire article in The Reflector.

Should CitiGroup be nationalized?

And should the Bank of America be paying “hefty” dividends to its shareholders while getting federal bailout money?

Please read this article in BusinessWeek.  I believe that you will conclude that this bailout mess is way out of control.

Veteran investigative journalist Peg Tyre will be the keynote speaker at the Partners in Education State Seminar

Veteran investigative journalist Peg Tyre will be the keynote speaker at the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education State Seminar, set  for Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Jackson Hilton.  peg-tyre1
Tyre, former senior  writer at Newsweek, is author of The  Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at  School and What Parents and Educators Must Do. In her book,  Tyre takes an in-depth look at the growing mismatch between boys and  school and maps the full extent of boys’ under-achievement. She  explains why it’s happening and we we can do about it. For parents,  teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and social workers, this is  one conference you don’t want to miss. The State Seminar also features Basic Partnership Training, the Governor’s Awards luncheon  honoring exemplary school-community partnerships, and more  exclusive training opportunities.
Click here to register or for more information.

Passing It On in Memphis.

My day started on the right foot today thanks to Memphis television station WREG, which showed its latest PASS IT ON segment on the early morning news.  Reporter Richard Ransom stood on the side of the road with a handmade Volunteer to Pass It On sign.  Within two minutes a lady stopped and told Ransom that she had just left an auto repair shop where a family had their car towed in for repairs and had to leave by foot because they could not pay the bill.  The reporter called the shop manager, who went down the street and brought the father, mother and teenage daughter back to shop.  The reporter took the volunteer back to the shop where she gave the $300 that Ransom had given her to the family to pay their repair bill.  Hugs and tears all around.

A great story and a good lesson for all of us in these times.  Thanks WREG!

Click here for the WREG Pass It On Website, including information about the Pay It Forward Foundation.