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Mississippi Free Press Awards Tally: 76 Honors for Work Since March 2020

The Mississippi Free Press awards board keeps swelling! As of June 2024, our team is up to 76 national and U.S. regional awards and finalist nods since we launched in late March 2020. Here they are with links to the work (see winners’ bios here). We will update this page from the top as more honors come in.

Mississippi Business Journal’s 2024 CEO Awards

The Mississippi Business Journal honored the Mississippi Free Press’ Founding Editor and CEO Donna Ladd as a recipient of the CEO Awards of Mississippi for 2024. In its seventh year, this award recognizes outstanding chief executives of Mississippi businesses across a wide variety of sizes and fields. The awards were presented at a celebratory breakfast at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson on June 13.

Report for America Local News Award

Report for America awarded MFP Education Equity Reporter Torsheta Jackson first place in the Solutions-Based Reporting category of their Local News Awards for her story “Alternate-Route Education Programs Targets Mississippi’s Teacher Shortage.”

2024 Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) Awards

The following Mississippi Free Press entries have been selected as finalists in the 2024 AAN Awards. Winners and finalists will be announced at an awards ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina on July 12.

Arts Feature: Aliyah Veal

Red And Bootjack’ Marker Shines Light On Duck Hill Lynching, Remembers Victims

Cannabis Coverage: Heather Harrison

Mississippi’s Medical Cannabis Industry Faces Growing Pains

Olive Branch Medical-Cannabis Dispensary Fights Advertising Ban

Medical Cannabis Advocates Urge Easier Access For Mississippi Patients

‘Nightmare Scenario’: MSDH Places Hold On Rapid Analytics-Tested Medical-Cannabis Products

Column (Billy Manes Award): Donna Ladd

Challenging Mississippi’s Status Quo

Stop Shifting Blame, Ignoring Opinion | Black Families Who Lose Loved Ones to Violence

Little White Girls Like Me Need to Know Real History, Too. We Report It.

Hodding Carter III: Hellraiser, Journalist, Mentor, 1935-2023

Environmental Coverage: Donna Ladd

‘One Lake’ Or ‘No Lake’? Debate Over Pearl River Flooding Options Means Unlikely Allies, Opponents

2024 Poynter Journalism Prizes

The Robert G. McGruder Diversity Award, for the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in hiring and coverage: The Mississippi Free Press

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