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September 5th, 2018

Do You Have a Great Eye for Design?

  MWB is seeking a full-time graphic designer. The position: We're looking for a highly creative person for a full-time graphic design position. Projects may include logos, brochures, advertisements, infographics, posters, signage and online ads. Photography, illustration, web design and motion graphics experience is not required, but is a plus. Candidates should be able to work well as part of a team and adapt to a...
 

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September 4th, 2018

Weather-Ready Nation Report: September is National Preparedness Month

Nothing like a little hurricane whipping up in the Gulf to remind you to get your family, pets, and home prepped for a doozy of a storm! Are you ready? Have you gone over your checklist? Here are some concise lists for reference: MEMA Entergy MEMA 4 Kids Get prepared: 1. Shelter 2. Food/Meds 3. Gas 4. Phones Remember,  in times of crisis it can take emergency crews...
 

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April 12th, 2018

Local Gig Posters Go Global

Fondren Underground may not be "underground" much longer. A series of MWB-crafted gig posters promoting the venue‚ a spot where undiscovered acts come to play‚ is being showcased in Lurzer's Archive. Archive, a print and online magazine featuring "the best print campaigns, TV commercials and digital designs from around the world," is a pretty cool place for Fondren Underground to appear. "Wow," said Patrick Harkins, owner...
 

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February 16th, 2018

🎶 Mississippi #BlackHistoryMonth Playlist 🎶

More than the Blues, black Mississippians have long pioneered and influenced American and international music. Here's a selection of some of our favorite African American singers and musicians from Mississippi. Ôªø
 

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January 24th, 2018

Top Five Things Have In Your Car in a Weather Emergency

Weather emergencies can happen anywhere: severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, tornados, fallen trees, blocked roads, (we could go on). The important thing is to be prepared. Take this checklist and do an inventory of your car. What can you do up your safety today? This week? So, Friends, let's start with our vehicles. See if you can complete this list by the time the weekend rolls around!...
 

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January 17th, 2018

Interview: Chip Pickering on Net Neutrality

Chip Pickering is the CEO of INCOMPAS, a trade association, formerly known as COMPTEL, that represents internet, streaming, communications and technology companies and advocates for laws and policies that promote competition, innovation and economic development across all networks. Pickering is a six-term Congressman representing Mississippi's Third District from 1997 to 2009, where he served on the Energy & Commerce Committee as vice chairman and a member...
 

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January 8th, 2018

This machine transforms STEM into STEAM

When we started up a robotics team as part of MWB's Spark-O-Matic program last August, the thinking was it would be an amazing opportunity for our students to hone their STEM-based skills. Enhancing STEM knowledge through designing, building and programing a robot is, after all, what programs like FIRST Robotics are all about. Yet, I have to admit I was kind of hesitant about one thing:...
 

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December 14th, 2017

Interview: Roberto Gallardo – Net Neutrality

Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D., is a community and regional economics specialist at the Purdue Center for Regional Development, specializing in the use and application of broadband and other information technologies in rural communities. He is the former director of the Intelligent Community Institute at Mississippi State University Extension Service where he and his team conducted research and provided outreach services to help rural Mississippi communities transition into...
 

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December 5th, 2017
Spark-o-Matic

MWB powered Spark-O-Matic program incubates first student-led digital production company

Command-Z produces Medgar Evers tribute video in initial project. JACKSON, MS - In the fall of 2016, Marc Leffler - creative director and equity partner with the Jackson-based creative firm Maris, West & Baker (MWB) - launched a pilot program focused on teaching digital media creation skills to youth in underserved communities. The program, called Spark-O-Matic, took on about a dozen regular students from neighborhoods across...
 

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November 22nd, 2017

Spark-O-Matic Births Command Z Productions

[caption id="attachment_7076" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Command Z Founders, Left to Right: Emmanuel McDougal, Kelvin Walton, and Zale Smith. Far right, Spark-O-Matic founder Marc Leffler.[/caption] About a year or so ago, MWB creative director launched a new program aimed at digital media skills education for youth. Marc partnered with a local library system to host the program, which consists of about a dozen youth from Jackson, Mississippi. A...
 

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