June 2017 Chapter Meeting

by Sandi Beason

Panelists: Frank Brown, researcher and special projects editor for the Mississippi Business Journal, and Dustin Barnes, consumer experience director at The Clarion-Ledger.

Title of Presentation: “The Changing Face of Media and what Modern-Day Journalists Want You to Know”

Moderator: Mara Hartmann, APR

Company Websites: The Clarion-Ledger; Mississippi Business Journal


Join us at the June meeting to learn how the media consumer’s preferences have changed and ways that journalists and publications are working to meet these expectations.

Meeting information
The meeting will take place 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in Jackson’s Capital Club. The Capital Club is located at 125 S. Congress Street, on the 19th floor.

$16 for members who RSVP
$18 for guests
$18 for members who RSVP after deadline or who RSVP and don’t attend

(We can accept cash, check, credit and debit card payments on site!)


About our panelists:

Frank BrownFrank Brown, researcher and special projects editor for the Mississippi Business Journal in Jackson, is a 42-year newspaper veteran – 30 of which have been spent in Mississippi.

At the MBJ, Brown is the lone researcher for the business lists that the paper publishes each week. He also assigns, edits and designs the paper’s Focus sections, newsmakers, ribbon-cutting pictures and special publications such as the Book of Lists, Come See Us and NEXT!

During his 23 years at The Clarion-Ledger, Brown was a sports writer, features editor, assistant news editor and news editor. For 16 years, he was the primary front page designer, winning national awards from the Society of Newspaper Design and Gannett News Service.

He also was executive editor at the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville, sports writer and designer at the Pensacola Journal, and worked on loan for four months at USA Today. He started his career working in various sports roles at papers in Decatur, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa in Alabama.

Brown is a University of Alabama graduate where he worked in the Sports Information Office while earning his broadcasting degree from the School of Communications.

He is a native of Decatur, Ala., and lives in Madison with Marcey, his wife of 40 years. They have two daughters, Missy Creel of Gluckstadt and Michelle Davis of Madison, and four grandchildren.




Dustin BarnesDustin Barnes is the consumer experience director at The Clarion-Ledger where he oversees the strategies and implementation of the company’s social media, video and mobile initiatives.

After graduating from Mississippi State University in 2009, he accepted a position at the Ledger and eventually worked his way to a 1A general assignment reporter spot where he won multiple state and regional Associated Press awards for his reports.

Dustin left journalism in 2014 to join the public affairs team at the University of Mississippi Medical Center but returned to The Clarion-Ledger a year later in a newly created role to help print media catch up to the ever-evolving digital landscape. In 2016, he was named one of the “Top 35 Editors Under 35” by Editor & Publisher magazine for his efforts.

When he’s not stressing over the latest algorithm changes from Facebook or how to assemble the perfect combination of Google keywords, Dustin loves spending time in Fondren where he also lives with Vodka and Tonic, his two gigantic cats.