Can journalism bring people together in Mississippi?

Since 2018, the Community Foundation for Mississippi has been connecting philanthropy with ways to make a strategic impact around journalism in Mississippi. 

Our current initiative focuses on Constructive Journalism, as defined and advocated by the Denmark-based Constructive Institute

This method of journalism aims to help societies come together and find common ground, as opposed to emphasizing conflict and opposing viewpoints. The goal is not to smooth over problems, but rather to add hope.

Check out our 12-page research summary for:

  • A current overview of this project
  • Summary of key learnings
  • Examples of constructive journalism in action
  • Ideas from Mississippi audience members
  • Perspectives from Mississippi journalists
  • Proposed next steps
Research summary cover for October 2023 with updated perspectives from Mississippi journalists.

Virtual Meeting

On Sept. 19, we hosted a virtual meeting for media members statewide to learn, ask questions and share their perspectives.

The virtual meeting shared examples of what this method looks like in practice. We also shared ideas from Mississippians about topics they think could benefit from this approach.

Catch up on the conversation and send us your comments, ideas and feedback. This survey is written for media members, but everyone can use it. Let us know your thoughts and how you’d like to be involved.

Lucy Schultze, Constructive Journalism Project Lead

A lifelong Mississippian, Lucy Schultze has been an award-winning community journalist, a university instructor, a marketing consultant and a business owner. Her agency, Red Window Communications, has partnered with the Community Foundation for Mississippi for this project.

This project has been funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Microsoft Democracy Forward initiative.

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