In the exercise of its powers under the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, the State Legislature recently amended the state law regulating liquor advertising and signage, Miss. Code § 67-1-85 (2016).
Under the current law it is unlawful for a newspaper in a “dry” municipality, county, or judicial district to publish liquor advertising even if the advertising only appears in papers only distributed in a “wet” municipality, county, or judicial district.
The title to S.B. No. 2345 sums up the change: The new law “DELETE[S] THE PROVISION THAT MAKES IT UNLAWFUL FOR ANY ADVERTISEMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO ORIGINATE IN ANY MUNICIPALITY, COUNTY OR JUDICIAL DISTRICT WHICH HAS NOT VOTED TO LEGALIZE THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES . . . .”
The editor of The Dallas Morning News will give the keynote address at the Joint Convention of the Mississippi and Louisiana press associations July 6 in Biloxi.
Mike Wilson, who joined the paper in February 2015, will speak during the opening luncheon. He’ll discuss the paper’s efforts at innovation, as well as his response to claims the media has become an “enemy” of the public interest.
Wilson began his career at the Miami Herald, where he worked for 12 years as a writer and editor. He joined the St. Petersburg Times in 1994, serving for 18 years as a writer, editor and, finally, managing editor. The newspaper won two Pulitzers during his tenure.
In 2013 he moved to ESPN in New York to become the founding managing editor of Nate Silver’s data journalism website, FiveThirtyEight.
Wilson graduated from Tufts University in 1983 with degrees in English literature and drama. He has written two books, “Right on the Edge of Crazy” (1993), about the U.S. downhill ski team, and “The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison” (1997), about the founder of Oracle Corporation.
He and his wife, Alisa Jenkins Wilson, live in Dallas and have three children: Dyami and twins Lena and Kirby.
For more information on the Joint Convention agenda or to register, visit the event webpage.
When he was interviewed by correspondent Russ Mitchell for the CBS News program “Sunday Morning” in January, Halberstam, the Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist, reminisced about the early days of his career. He was joined in the exercise by friends and fellow writers Gay Talese and A.E. Hotchner at one of the trio’s favorite restaurants in New York City.