“[A]s the invaluable Crirec tells us, the Lost Cause is still making mischief.

- Esquire Magazine


(See 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Impact)

Since the Crirec launched on March 15, 2020, just as COVID-19 was hitting the state, the team’s journalism has had a significant impact, as well as drawn consistent attention from other media. Following is a reverse timeline of impact, media collaborations, and international, national, and state media mentions and pickups.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal republished a recent piece by MFP Reporter Heather Harrison and News Editor Ashton Pittman covering a few of the many new laws that took effect in Mississippi on July first.

The Tennessee Tribune republished MFP Reporter Heather Harrison's story covering the recent federal ruling declaring that Mississippi must redraw its House and Senate district maps to create more Black-majority districts.

Democrats.org highlighted a story by MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman from November of 2022 as one of many stories describing the consequences of anti-abortion legislation.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal republished a story by MFP Education Reporter Torsheta Jackson about the investigation into an incident that occurred in a Mississippi middle school, in which staff members were found to be exchanging derogatory texts about students.

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

The Columbia Journalism Review featured MFP CEO Donna Ladd, along with 14 other journalists and media analysts with election coverage expertise, in their piece exploring ways in which media approaches to covering elections can be improved.

The Observer included reporting by MFP's Investigative Reporter Nick Judin in their look at the underlying causes of the 2022 Jackson Water Crisis in light of the recently released report from the Project on Government Oversight.

The American Press Institute recognized MFP's Solutions Circles as an example of a local media organization that is acting to bring community members together to contribute to the public good in their report on the role of journalism as a convener in society.

The Pulitzer Center named MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman as a fellow of the inaugural cohort of their StoryReach U.S. Initiative. This initiative is a national project that seeks to use journalistic collaboration and audience outreach to innovate in their stories through breakthrough reporting and effective public outreach.

Esquire quoted MFP Reporter Heather Harrison's story on a 13-year-old from Cleveland, Miss. in a column contrasting comments by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito about flags flown at his residences with the real-life consequences of his judicial rulings.

Black Enterprise referenced reporting by MFP Capital City Reporter Shaunicy Muhammad in their coverage of the FBI's raid on the office of Hinds County's District Attorney as well as a business owned by him.

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.”

Wisconsin Sports Heroics and Awful Announcing used reporting by MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman and William Pittman in their stories covering former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's defamation lawsuit against Sports Illustrated.

A video captured by freelance reporter Stacey Spiehler reporting on behalf of the Crirec on a pro-Palestinian protest at the University of Mississippi gained national attention due to racist behavior on the part of a group of counterprotestors. Outlets republishing and/or commenting on the video included Time, Complex, Mediaite, Rolling Out, The New Civil Rights Movement, Know Your Memes, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Daily Mississippian, Scripps News, NBC15, University World News and Wonkette.

Even the White House commented on the video, with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre calling the behavior of the counter-protesters undignified, racist and sickening, and condemning the decision of a member of the House of Representatives to share the video with a supportive comment. The Hill, Mediaite and the New York Times wrote about the response from the White House.

Raw Story used MFP Reporter Heather Harrison's reporting in their story about the failure of the Mississippi House and Senate to reach a compromise to approve Medicare expansion due to the Senate's insistence on tying passage to the addition of work requirements.

Rachel Maddow's MaddowBlog referenced two stories reported by MFP Reporter Heather Harrison in their post covering the surprising movement toward a compromise that could allow Mississippi lawmakers to accept Medicare expansion in some form.

Mississippi Today credited the Crirec with first reporting the governor's proclamation of April as Confederate History Month in an editorial addressing Mississippi's continued observance of Confederate-themed state holidays.

The Crirec recently received the 2024 Robert G. McGruder Diversity Award, for the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in hiring and coverage. The Poynter Institute awarded this distinction as part of the 2024 Poynter Journalism Prizes. We at MFP are thrilled to be honored with this award in recognition of an aspect of our organization that is so central to our mission and values.

DeltaNews.tv used reporting by MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman in their story on recent developments in the Mississippi welfare fraud case.

DeltaNews.tv and the Daily Kos featured reporting by MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman in their stories on Miss. Governor Tate Reeves’ declaration of April as Confederate History Month. The Washington Informer referenced the same piece in an article covering an Alabama bill seeking to update the state’s holiday calendar by adding the observance of Juneteenth and removing that of Jefferson Davis’ birthday.

Buffalo’s Fire reprinted MFP freelance writer Roger Amos’ column reflecting on the significance of the solar eclipse from the perspective of Native American cultures.

MSNBC used reporting from MFP reporters Shaunicy Muhammad and Heather Harrison in their story about the Rankin County “Goon Squad” and calls for the resignation of the Rankin County Sheriff.

The Atlanta Black Star, Reason and Essence each used reporting by MFP Reporter Heather Harrison, in their stories on the attempt by local authorities to remove Aderrian Murry, the 11-year-old Indianola boy who was shot in the chest by a police officer, and his two siblings from their mother’s custody.

MFP Reporter Shaunicy Muhammad’s report on efforts to enact state legislation regarding the handling of unidentified human remains and the atrocities that made the need for such legislation necessary was highlighted by The Bulwark in their Overtime news roundup, while Futurism wrote a piece in reaction to the story, which was also published by Yahoo! News.

The Center for Community Media (CCM) at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY recently announced the inaugural cohort of Fundraising for Community Media, a program designed to support community-based news media that have been historically underserved and underrepresented in philanthropy. MFP’s own Publisher and Co-founder Kimberly Griffin will serve as one of three coach-mentors who will offer the cohort the benefit of their insight and experience. Congratulations, Kimberly on being chosen for this distinguished role. As always, you make us proud.

The Atlanta Black Star referenced reporting by MFP ‘s Heather Harrison in their story on a Leland, Miss. teenager allegedly run over and killed by a police officer.

The Institute for Nonprofit News' (INN) Rural News Network-backed collaborative reporting project “Speaking out: Rural communities of color changing the narrative,” in which MFP was honored to be one of six news outlets from across the country chosen to participate, has been recognized by Editor & Publisher and chosen as one of the top ten journalism collaborations of 2023 by The Center for Collaborative Media. The MFP's contribution to the project was an investigation by reporter Christian Middleton into the racial history of Lafayette County, Miss. and the murder of Harry Mitchell there in 1991.

The Business of Cannabis and Investing relied on reporting by MFP's Heather Harrison in their story about a major Mississippi cannabis testing lab having its license revoked for testing inconsistencies.

The Atlanta Black Star credited reporting by MFP Capitol City Shaunicy Muhammad in their report on the investigation into two Jackson homes that exploded within days of each other.

Esquire quotes MFP Reporter Heather Harrison's story from August about Greenwood LeFlore Hospital's dire need for funds as part of their coverage of Mississippi's recent move to consider accepting the offer of Medicaid expansion in their weekly news round-up.

Vice used and built upon reporting by MFP Investigative Reporter Nick Judin in their story about a group of tenants across the south who are seeking improved living conditions from the Ohio-based company that owns the apartment complexes where they live.

The Laurel Leader-Call reprinted MFP Culture Reporter Aliyah Veal's story about Laurel TikToker Kendria Bland.

As a local news outlet, MFP's decision to publish a story on a national news event, namely statements by former president Donald Trump that he would encourage Russia to attach American allies, became national news in its own right. The merits of that decision were discussed by outlets including Nieman Lab, Coachella Valley Independent, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and Media Nation.

The Washington Post interviewed MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman for their story about social media platform Meta's announcement that they will no longer recommend political content on Instagram or Threads.

Journalist and Northeastern University Journalism Professor Dan Kennedy then used a quote of Ashton from the Washington Post story in a post on his blog, Media Nation, as did NJ.com.

KFF Health News featured MFP Reporter Heather Harrison's story about Mississippi House Bill 713, which would criminalize “abortion trafficking,” or the transport of a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion by an adult who is not the parent or legal guardian of the minor, in their Morning Briefing.

The Grio referenced reporting by MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman in their story following up on the case of D'Monterrio Gibson, who was shot at by two white men while delivering packages as a FedEx driver in Brookhaven, Miss. The story was also posted by Yahoo! News.

In their story addressing the decision of new Mississippi House Speaker Jason White to continue convening Republican caucus meetings in private, Mississippi Today referenced and recapped the MFP's role in challenging such meetings as contrary to the state's Open Meetings Act. The story was reprinted in the Delta Democrat-Times.

The Tennessee Tribune reprinted MFP reporter Heather Harrison's story “Medical Cannabis Advocates Urge Easier Access For Mississippi Patients.”

The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, has named MFP Publisher and Co-founder Kimberly Griffin as a fellow of the 2024 Media Transformation Challenge (MTC) Program: A Poynter Institute Executive Fellowship. The cohort of 25 senior executives from media organizations around the country will, over the next year, master tools of performance-driven change, have access to diverse executive coaches and connect with former Fellows. Congratulations, Kimberly! We are proud to have you representing MFP in this distinguished program.

Yahoo! News referred to information from a June 2023 story by MFP News Editor Ashton Pittman in their story about police bodycam footage showing the moment an 11-year-old Indianola boy was shot in the chest by a policeman.