‘It’s a Privilege To Be a Professional Writer’

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Like a lot of great writers, The Tennessean’s David Plazas developed a love for writing as a child. “I was a very introverted, shy kid. At the time, writing was an outlet for me, and I loved creative writing.” Still, Plazas – the Opinion and Engagement director for the USA TODAY NETWORK Tennessee and The Tennessean, where he serves as editorial writer, opinion columnist, Op-Ed editor and an editorial board member – never considered journalism for a career when he was younger. The U.S.-born son of Colombian and Cuban immigrants was being guided by his parents to pick one of … Read More

David Fox: “Everything Works Better When Your Focus Is on Serving Others”

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A Q&A With One of Nashville’s Most Admired CEOs By Tom Hayden As the son of a World War II fighter pilot, MP&F’s David Fox has been on a mission of service throughout his professional career and personal life. His devotion to service has led him to explore how he could best undertake his calling. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1972 amid the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the national political conventions and Watergate, he became a journalist working at The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, Nashville Banner and United Press International. He also wrote three published, nonfiction books and numerous … Read More

It’s in the Asking …

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On the drive into the office today, I was listening to “Morning Edition” on our local NPR affiliate, WPLN, when they aired an interview with the editor and reporter of a high school newspaper in Washington state. The reporter, Teddy Fischer, saw Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’ mobile phone number in a photograph and, in coordination with his editor, decided to reach out with an interview request. So, you’re thinking, ‘yeah, a reporter reached out to a government official for an interview. What’s the big deal?’ As someone in the communications world who has made hundreds of media pitches, I … Read More