09:00 AM

Keynote: Elise Jordan

Politics, media, and covering the 2020 election. Remarks and Q&A with Elise Jordan.

  10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions:

Beautiful Agitators Story Works

Documentary Live Theater in the Gallery

Featuring playwrite and journalist Aallyah Wright, StoryWorks artistic director Jenna Welch and actors from across the Mississippi Delta.

Headquartered at her beauty shop on Ashton Street in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, Vera Mae Pigee played a crucial role during the civil rights movement in the Delta. While her name isn't figured as prominently in history books as other local luminaries, Pigee was an instrumental figure in the fight for equality in Mississippi: from her efforts organizing direct action with young people to registering thousands of African Americans to vote. Come learn how investigative reporting into the sovereignty commission reports resulted in a touring theatre production. Several scenes based on the sovereignty commission reports will come alive through dramatic readings by Delta-based actors.


Beyond the Disasters: Telling stories about resilience in Mississippi and the South

Lyndsey Gilpin, editor Southerly Mag; Larrison Campbell, Mississippi Today; George Flaggs, Jr., Mayor of Vicksburg, MS; Heather McTeer Toney

More often each year, we see the big headlines: flooding in the Delta, toxic algae blooms along the Gulf Coast, excessive heat waves in the South. But we don't always hear about the day-to-day challenges communities face — whether that's land loss, pollution, or utility bills. During this panel, we'll discuss with journalists and community leaders the stories falling through the cracks, and how communities are creatively responding, adapting, and pushing for more equitable access to resources.



  11:15 AM

The Fourth Estate: The role of journalism in our democracy

Elise Jordan, Political Analyst, MSNBC and NBC; RL Nave, Mississippi Today; Katrice Hardy, USA Today regional editor for the South and Curtis Wilkie, Inaugural Overby Fellow and
Kelly G. Cook Chair of Journalism at the University of Mississippi

  12:15 PM

Lunch Break

Photojournalism stream + Live DJ

  01:00 PM

Investigative Reporting: Mississippi stories of criminal justice, civil rights and social equity

Ko Bragg, FRONTLINE; Anna Wolfe, Mississippi Today; and Jerry Mitchell, Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting


  02:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

Editorial Cartooning: A Conversation on the Art and Industry with Marshall Ramsey and Scott Stantis

Marshall Ramsey, Mississippi Today; Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune


Audio Drama StoryWorks + REVEAL: When Lighting the Voids

Originally a live play and now an audio drama podcast, Lighting The Voids unravels the mystery behind a deadly explosion that occurred on a Pascagoula shipyard in 2009.

Inspired by reporting from Reveal and The Center for Investigative Reporting this dramatization is based on real events, real accounts and real people. Learn how the reporting was done and how the podcast came together while experiencing excerpts with an intimate talk-back session.

Lighting The Voids airs on Reveal starting Saturday, December 21, 2019 on public radio stations across the country. Download the show on the Reveal podcast and StoryWorks website.

  03:30 PM

Keynote: Mississippi Politics Panel

In a digital era when Americans can easily access the types of journalism that best fit their political bent, covering politics can be tricky. In Mississippi, where one party largely controls the state, covering politics in a way that informs and engages a broad range of political viewpoints can often feel impossible. In this panel, several of the state's most experienced political journalists will share their insights and discuss how they work to earnestly pursue the truth in this contentious political climate. Panelists are WJTV's Gerald Harris, MPB's Desare Frazier, and Mississippi Center for Public Policy's Brett Kittredge. Mississippi Today's Adam Ganucheau will moderate.


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