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Mississippi State University plans brand launch

MSU News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 18:05

Mississippi State officials are planning the launch next week of an innovative branding initiative aimed at positioning the university for the future. Special festivities are planned for 3 p.m. on Tuesday [Oct. 13] at 3 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.

The invitation-only celebration reflects months of work designed to create a platform that inspires better storytelling and a strong system to tell those stories in compelling and consistent ways throughout the university and beyond.

Joining MSU President Mark E. Keenum in presenting the comprehensive strategy will be five distinguished university alumni, including Camille Scales Young, vice president for Cornerstone Government Affairs; Bryan Wilson, managing partner for Tacoma Ag, LLC; Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO for Entergy Mississippi, Inc.; Kevin Robinson, chief meteorologist for WLWT Cincinnati; and Leslie Henderson, co-founder and general manager for Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company.

Facebook to beam free internet to Africa with satellites

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 17:44
Facebook is one step closer to finally beaming Internet down from space.

MSU’s Lee To Open As No. 1 Seed In Qualifying At Riviera/ITA

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 17:13
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After competing in the Oracle/ITA Masters last week in Malibu, Mississippi State women's tennis player Jasmine Lee travels back to California to participate in the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship this week at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades.

Erick Erickson to leave RedState

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 17:10
The outspoken conservative pundit Erick Erickson is leaving RedState, the website he founded more than a decade ago, in the wake of its acquisition by Salem Communications.

Jon Steinberg out at Daily Mail after 18 months

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 17:09
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Billionaire divorce heads to negotiating table instead of court

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 17:08
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Cheerios recalls 1.8 million gluten-free boxes that may contain wheat

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:41
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MSNBC has new roles for Steve Kornacki and Alex Wagner

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:36
MSNBC's Steve Kornacki will leave his weekend gig and join Chuck Todd's "MTP Daily" as the Monday host.

Gupta: Treat gun violence like a health epidemic

Health - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:35

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How the mortgage process just changed

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:15
It just got a little easier to navigate the complicated mortgage process.

Alaska Airlines loses its CEO's bags

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:11
Alaska Airlines has a good record when it comes to handling bags. But recently it lost its CEO's bags.

MSU panel discussion to focus on future of news media

MSU News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:39

Contact: Zack Plair

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A group of local and statewide journalists will share their perspectives on the evolving role of news media in society during a Wednesday [Oct. 7] program at Mississippi State.

Open to all, the 3:30-4:45 p.m. panel discussion takes place in the third-floor Fowlkes Auditorium of the Colvard Student Union.

Sponsored by the university’s communication department, the discussion coincides with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s second News Engagement Day initiative.

AEJMC is a nonprofit organization based in Columbia, South Carolina, that supports the work of journalism and mass communication educators and students, as well as media professionals. It launched the News Engagement Day initiative last year.

Associate communication professor Kevin D. Williams said this is MSU’s first observance of the initiative designed to engage members of campus and local communities by challenging them to “Remember why news matters.”

Members of the MSU panel will include print reporters Therese Apel of the Clarion-Ledger and Carl Smith of the Starkville Dispatch; and television broadcasters Joey Barnes of WCBI Columbus and Ryan Moore with WDAM in Hattiesburg. Others may be added to the list, Williams said.

“We know that trends are changing in journalism,” the University of Georgia doctoral graduate observed. The panelists will be examining “how media outlets like print and broadcast are adapting to those changes,” he explained.

Williams, who joined the MSU faculty in 2005, said today’s prevalent trends involve the rise of social media and corresponding shrinkage of traditional news cycles resulting from an almost instantaneous consumer expectation.

Rather than specifically seeking stories carried in traditional media outlets, Williams said increasing numbers of young adults now are routed to news accounts via Facebook, Twitter and other third-party sources. The rise of citizen journalism also affects how news is covered, he said.

Williams said Apel made extensive use of social media while covering September’s Delta State University shooting of one campus faculty member by another. She will address both benefits and challenges faced at the scene that garnered substantial social-media involvement.

“When a big event happens, everyone with a cell phone becomes a journalist,” Williams said. “How does that help or hurt the situation?”

MSU Junior Becca L. Hawkins of Laurel said she looks forward to having the working professionals discuss their processes for gathering and reporting news. As a frequent news consumer who relies heavily on Twitter, the communication/communication studies major also is interested in hearing how the panelists expect to improve her future news reading experiences.

“We live in such a fast-paced world, and getting the consumer more news faster is always something that can be improved upon,” Hawkins said.

For more on News Engagement Day, visit Additional support for the campaign may be provided at @newsengagement and via hashtag #newsengagementday.

Additional information on the Wednesday program is available from Williams at 662-325-8330 and

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Don't look now. But stocks are on fire again

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:34
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Mullen Previews Troy Game; Oct. 17 Homecoming Time Set For 11 a.m.

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:30
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen previewed the Bulldogs' upcoming home contest against Troy at MSU's weekly press conference on Monday.

Teens on social media: Being cut off is 'awful'

Health - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:17
For the past two years, CNN has been investigating how teens use social media.

Categories: Health

Peace in Colombia could mean profit for investors

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:08
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Putin's playbook in Syria draws loathing for revolution

CNN World - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 14:05
Did his experience in Ukraine tempt Vladimir Putin to begin Russia's Syrian expedition? Are they both examples of the Kremlin taking advantage of Western hesitation or caution? Or are they two episodes (with more to come) of Russia taking revenge for previous humiliations (Kosovo, Iraq, Libya, etc.) and reasserting itself as a Great Power?

Categories: International News

Hangovers create Steem, a caffeinated peanut butter

Business News - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 13:49
A trio of foodies claim to have come up with an answer to the binge drinker's lament, "When is somebody going to invent a hangover cure?" What they came up with is a caffeinated peanut butter called Steem.


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