Gov. Haley Barbour signed SB 2289 Thursday, giving a significant boost to the public’s right to know. Now public officials who violate state open meetings laws will be personally responsible for fines of $500 and $1,000 for first and subsequent offenses, respectively. It’s about time.
Editorial writers across the state have praised the bill’s passage:
Gannett publications are unveiling new website designs this week. The Hattiesburg American went first. The Clarion-Ledger will soon follow.
The New Albany News-Exchange, a heretofore free-circulation weekly owned by Tupelo’s Journal, Inc., is converting to paid circulation, charging 25 cents for a single copy issue. Editor J. Lynn West explained the rationale behind the move and the paper’s plan to expand news coverage.
Leilani Salter has been named managing editor of the Starkville Daily News. She is a former editor and community publications manager for The Clarion-Ledger and a longtime Mississippi journalist. She succeeds Brian Hawkins in Starkville… Linda Gilmore has been named publisher of the Picayune Item. She most recently was serving as new revenue manager for Community Publishers, Inc. In Picayune she succeeds longtime publisher Tom Andrews who retired in September.
Sid Salter, a Mississippi State graduate and longtime syndicated columnist, returns to his alma mater March 1 as journalist-in-residence. He most recently served as Perspective editor for The Clarion-Ledger and as an afternoon host of “On Deadline with Sid Salter” on the Super Talk Mississippi network.
Reporting to Dean of Libraries Frances N. Coleman, the new position is designed to strengthen MSU’s existing collections related to mass media and journalism, and to help develop a speaker series and other initiatives to enable MSU students to interact with leading U.S. journalists. Classroom instruction primarily for communication and political science majors will be among other duties.
A freelance newspaper reporter was arrested and charged with prescription forgery Tuesday afternoon, police said, after a complaint was filed by a local pharmacy. More charges are expected, authorities said.
The Daily, a new digital newspaper for the iPad from News Corp., launched this week to decidedly mixed reviews. Complicating the paper’s business model is the fact that its content has already been aggregated and offered for free by web poachers.
Take a tour of the new product in a demonstration posted this week on The Daily‘s website.