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Today is November 25, 2020

Editorial

One year of the new Today in Mississippi

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

The issue of Today in Mississippi you are holding in your hands is a special one.

A year ago this month, we debuted our publication’s new look. The September 2019 issue was our first magazine version of Today in Mississippi.

After decades in newsprint, we decided to make the change to better serve our readers. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. We continue to receive phone calls, emails and notes from readers to tell us how much they enjoy the magazine.

We appreciate the feedback. Like I wrote in last year’s September issue, putting together this magazine is a privilege that we take very seriously.

It’s our privilege to bring you stories that highlight the people, places, culture and creativity that makes Mississippi so special. We want to continue to entertain, inform and inspire you each month.

We do that with a dedicated and talented communications team, but the readers are at the heart of the success of Today in Mississippi. Because of that, we will continue to seek your input and feedback to make the magazine even better.

Never hesitate to reach out to editor Steven Ward with story ideas and feedback — both good and bad — so we continue to improve. Email us at news@ecm.coop so we can publish a magazine that reflects the values and interests of our readers.

Although we love to entertain readers with the stories of the people and places that make Mississippi a remarkable place to live, we also want to provide the best information we can on the state’s electric cooperatives.

Providing that information is one of the Seven Cooperative Principles. The fifth principle is Education, Training and Information. Part of the fifth principle states, “They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation.”

There’s also some of the seventh principle in what we do at the magazine — Concern for Community. “While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of

their communities through policies accepted by members,” the principle states.

Readers, members and community — you are all three and Today in Mississippi is here to foster the world of electric cooperatives in service to our members.

So, enjoy this issue and let’s celebrate a year of the magazine format.

We want Today in Mississippi to continue to be part of the cooperative community and tell this community’s best and most interesting stories.

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