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Jackson Free Press Editor Donna Ladd Named Kellogg Community Leadership Network Fellownew

Over the course of her 3-year fellowship, Ladd aims to develop a template for youth media projects around the country that enable underprivileged kids to report on their communities and tell their own stories.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation  |  05-14-2014  4:00 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Southeast Alt-Weeklies Win Green Eyeshade Awards

Miami New Times, Jackson Free Press and The Memphis Flyer each received first-place Green Eyeshade awards from the SPJ southeastern division. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-19-2012  12:20 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

AAN Releases Diversity Best Practices

AAN's Diversity Committee has compiled a 3-page list of tips on fostering diversity and inclusion within the alternative news industry. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-12-2012  3:30 pm  |  Association News

Jackson Free Press Editor Donna Ladd Receives Fannie Lou Hamer Award

Jackson Free Press co-founder and editor Donna Ladd was one of "six exceptional individuals" who received a Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award on Friday. The awards, given out by Jackson State University's Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, go to people who "have been instrumental in modeling a civil society" in Mississippi. (FULL STORY)
Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy  |  04-18-2011  8:12 am  |  Press Releases

JFP Wins 3 First-Place Reporting Awards, Second for 'Two Lakes' Work

At its 60th annual Green Eyeshade banquet near Atlanta, Ga., the Society of Professional Journalists awarded the Jackson Free Press three first-place reporting awards. (FULL STORY)
Jackson Free Press  |  10-05-2010  3:55 pm  |  Press Releases

Gannett Redefines the Meaning of a 'Local' Businessnew

Last week, Jackson Free Press became one of the 22 AAN papers that have published a version of Stacy Mitchell's story on "local washing," the phenomenon in which large, national corporations don the figurative garb of natives in order to co-opt the "buy local" movement. JFP editor Donna Ladd wrote a column in the same issue placing Gannett's ShopLocal(TM) squarely in the local-washing camp. Yesterday, Patrick Flanagan, the senior director of product management for ShopLocal(TM), answered JFP in a blog post purporting to "clear up the confusion around the meaning of 'local'", which he defines in a way that manages to include every bricks-and-mortar business in America, including CVS and Wal-Mart. So, according to Flanagan (whose post also caused collateral damage to the term "hyperlocal"), all shopping is local as long as it's done in a physical store.
Jackson Free Press  |  08-05-2009  1:44 pm  |  Industry News  |  Comments (2)

How I Got That Story: Donna Ladd

In the ninth installment of this year's "How I Got That Story" series, Jackson Free Press editor Donna Ladd discusses her award-winning feature on the Seale family, which has long ties to the Ku Klux Klan, but has tried to ameliorate its past. She talks to St. John Barned-Smith about how they found the story, how her upbringing in Mississippi informs her work, and how she connects with her sources. "I find the best way is to just have absolute interest in what they're saying," Ladd says. "I have no judgment when I'm sitting in front of someone. I am a sponge. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  10-16-2008  1:18 pm  |  Association News

How the Jackson Free Press Built an Uncommon Alt-Weekly Audiencenew

The JFP has "resurrected the alt-weekly tradition of maverick investigations and cultural provocation," Casey Sanchez writes in Next American City magazine. In doing so, "it has cultivated an audience uncommon in the South and practically nonexistent among alt-weeklies -- young, white conservatives and black professionals, many of whom are lifelong Jacksonians." Editor Donna Ladd says the paper's dogged coverage of City Hall has helped build a loyal following. "Any cover with the mayor on it doesn't stay on the stands more than a day," she says.
Next American City  |  08-26-2008  11:11 am  |  Industry News

Jackson Free Press Editor Donna Ladd Talks About Race in Americanew

This year the high school in Charleston, Miss., held an integrated prom for the first time -- ending a system of parallel parties for black and white students. National Public Radio's Bryant Park Project covered the story after reading about it in the Jackson Free Press. "After we covered the story this week, a whole lot of people wrote in to say they were just plain shocked that any kind of segregation could still exist in this country," writes the show's web editor (and former Village Voice executive editor) Laura Conaway. She talks to Ladd about the story, the reaction, and where the conversation about race in America needs to go.
National Public Radio  |  06-16-2008  8:59 am  |  Industry News

Ten Candidates Running for Election to AAN Board of Directors

All of the members who have announced their candidacies are thus far running unopposed. However, AAN bylaws do not require individuals to declare their intention to run in advance. Any regular members who are interested in seeking a seat on the board can be nominated from the floor at the annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, June 7, during the association's annual meeting in Philadelphia. Read here to find out who has announced they are running, why they want to serve on the board, and what they view as the important issues facing AAN and its members. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-03-2008  1:27 pm  |  Association News

Jackson Free Press Reporting Revived Klansman Casenew

The federal government announced today that reputed Klansman James Ford Seale has been arrested and indicted for the 1964 murder of Charles Moore and Henry Dee, two young black hitchhikers in Meadville, Miss. Following the announcement, AAN issued a press release noting that the Dee-Moore murder case gained new steam when Free Press editor Donna Ladd (pictured) and a team of young Mississippians first reported the news that Seale was still alive -- after the local Gannett daily and other media had previously reported he was dead. Ladd's series about the murders won an investigative-reporting award in last year's AltWeekly Awards contest.
AAN Press Release  |  01-24-2007  8:42 pm  |  Industry News

Nine Candidates Running for Election to AAN Board of Directors

Erin Sullivan (pictured), managing editor of Baltimore City Paper, is running for the membership chair position being vacated by Seven Days' Paula Routly, one of several spots on the AAN board that are up for grabs this year. Voting will take place on Saturday, June 17, during the annual meeting on the final day of the convention in Little Rock. AAN News put together this voting guide to help members get acquainted with the candidates. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  06-13-2006  6:07 am  |  Association News

Jackson Free Press Sees Imitation in Clarion-Ledger Cartoon

On the JFP blog "Noise," Editor Donna Ladd noted similarities between a Marshall Ramsey cartoon in Jackson's The Clarion-Ledger and a Darren Schwindaman cartoon published in JFP two weeks earlier. Both play on the Brokeback Mountain catch phrase, "I wish I knew how to quit you" to comment on Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour's veto of a tobacco tax. Ladd wrote, "We appreciate the compliment, Marshall, but a note of appreciation would have sufficed."
02-22-2006  9:25 am  |  Industry News