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Jackson Free Press Responds to Gannett Letter

In a full-page house ad published Sunday in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Publisher John Newhouse defended the paper's The Distribution Network (TDN). Newhouse revealed that the daily had been contacted by the state attorney general's office concerning the network; "While we are 100 percent confident that TDN was started with utmost professionalism, and can withstand any test, we are disappointed that a legitimate business venture has had to endure such unnecessary scrutiny," Newhouse wrote. He also detailed vandalism that occurred against the Clarion-Ledger employee who represents TDN. Publisher Todd Stauffer of the Jackson Free Press and other members of the Mississippi Independent Publishers’ Alliance (MIPA) today issued an open letter to Newhouse, refuting his version of events and expressing offense at the suggestion they endorse vandalism. "To imply such a thing is irresponsible and inappropriate, Mr. Newhouse, and we expect an apology," they write.
09-21-2006  6:30 am  |  Industry News

Jackson Mayor Is Indicted -- And a JFP Story Started It Allnew

On Sept. 1, Jackson Free Press Reporter Adam Lynch broke the story that Mayor Frank Melton (pictured) "and a team of young men partially demolish[ed] a duplex" on Aug. 26 in a so-called "drug raid." The weekly stayed on top of the story, reporting important details on its Web site as they happened. Melton was indicted Friday on numerous felony charges related to the Aug. 26 incident, including burglary, malicious mischief, and causing a minor to commit a felony. Melton was also charged with three counts of illegally carrying a gun.
Jackson Free Press  |  09-18-2006  9:21 am  |  Industry News

After Jackson Free Press Story, City Council Investigates Mayor

On Sept. 1, Jackson Free Press Reporter Adam Lynch broke the news that Mayor Frank Melton and "a team of young men" had broken into a private home, apparently believing it to be a crackhouse, and sledgehammered the contents. Since then, a number of other press outlets have picked up the story, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's office has begun an investigation into the incident, and this morning, City Councilman Ben Allen announced that he would call for a Council-led investigation Friday if professional investigators have not yet finished.
09-12-2006  1:03 pm  |  Industry News

Gannett Distribution Networks for Dummies

The battle against Gannett's exclusive newspaper-distribution networks has heated up in the last two months, with Jackson Free Press and The Independent Weekly (Lafayette, La.) publishing details in their print editions, JFP launching a "Goliath blog" to track Gannett's progress in Mississippi, and Editor & Publisher covering the controversy in its latest issue. For anyone still confused about how the "networks" are harmful to alt-weeklies, Darren Schwindaman has explained the process in a cartoon (available here), which ran as a full page in JFP's print edition.
07-06-2006  10:21 am  |  Industry News

Parks Wrote Winning Essay 'in 15 Minutes'

Casey Parks, the Jackson Free Press writer who earlier this week won a trip to Africa with New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, told The Columbia Missourian that she hadn't thought she "had a chance" in the contest. During her two-week trip, Parks will write a blog for the Times and create a vlog for mtvU. “I want to learn how to be fearless like [Kristof] is," Parks said.
05-26-2006  11:23 am  |  Industry News

Jackson Free Press Contributing Editor Wins Trip with Nick Kristof

Casey Parks, a former full-time JFP staffer who remains a contributing editor while she attends graduate school at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, triumphed over nearly 4,000 American college and graduate school applicants in the New York Times' "Win a Trip With Nick Kristof" contest. She will have the chance to accompany the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist on a reporting jaunt to Africa this September. Parks' winning essay describes her goal to be a journalist as "a distinct want (it's a thirst and a flame, all at once) ... for the reaching outside of myself, to break people's hearts so adeptly that they move into action."
05-23-2006  7:35 am  |  Industry News

Jackson Free Press Blogs Its Battle Against Gannett

The alt-weekly's "Goliath Blog," launched Saturday, will chronicle the fight between the local independent media and Gannett Corporation, which owns the daily Clarion-Ledger. Jackson Free Press Publisher Todd Stauffer detailed Gannett's strategy to control distribution spots in a May 9 article. The Goliath blog's first post contains a "Citizens' Guide to Fighting Gannett Corp. Scheme," which invites readers to take action.
05-22-2006  1:10 pm  |  Industry News