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Marketing and Comm. Director

Phone: (601) ***-****  HQ Phone
Jackson Academy
4908 Ridgewood Road
Jackson , Mississippi 39236
United States

Company Description: Jackson Academy's Alumni Council is made up of alumni volunteers from the classes of 1982-2008. It is the council's mission to assist the alumni office in...   more

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  • bachelor's degree , English and psychology
    University of Mississippi
  • master's degree , communications
    Wheaton University
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The Sporting Spirit Magazine - Mississippi Business Journal Article, 14 April 2010 [cached]
That was a driving reason behind Joe Maxwell launching The Sporting Spirit, a monthly statewide publication focused on youth sports. After just a few issues, Maxwell, who serves as publisher and editor, and his team are seeing response go through the roof. "Mississippians love their kids, and they love their sports," Maxwell said. "So, we have a winning combination."
Finding a winner
The Sporting Spirit's early success continues a career-long string for the 46-year-old Maxwell. A resident of Jackson, he earned his bachelor's degree in English and psychology from the University of Mississippi before receiving a master's degree in communications from Wheaton University. Maxwell went on to the editorial staff at Christianity Today magazine and served as a beat reporter at two Chicago-area newspapers, where he won several awards. He served as national editor of World magazine, and still is a World correspondent, as well as a free lance writer for other national publications.
In 1993, Maxwell returned to Mississippi, where, in addition to free lance work, he has ghost written books. His non-profit publishing company, The Well Writers' Guild, won recognition for "Camp DeSoto: A History.
And, Maxwell is currently writing a biography of Mississippi industrialist and philanthropist Stuart C. Irby Jr.
Maxwell says he developed a desire to return to his newspaper/magazine roots, and started looking around for a niche. When he looked at the numbers and demographics of youth sports, he saw his opportunity. (In addition to his writing career, Maxwell served as founding headmaster of The Veritas School in Jackson, and coached football at Jefferson High School in Fayette as well as Veritas.)
In April of this year, the inaugural edition of The Sporting Spirit hit the streets, and the magazine came out of the blocks flying. Already, the publication is available at 170 drop sites statewide (metro Jackson, Southaven, Horn Lake, Oxford, New Albany, Tupelo, Starkville, Gulfport, Meridian, Vicksburg, Hattiesburg, Wiggins and Laurel), and Maxwell says more are already needed. The staff is currently delivering 15,000 to 20,000 copies per month, with the heaviest concentration in the metro Jackson area.
More impressively, this success has come with the help of generally part-time workers and family. Maxwell hired a former Belhaven College student, Daniel Townsend, as editorial assistant (Maxwell is also journalist in residence at Belhaven), but the rest of the staff is part-time or family, including Maxwell's wife, Rosanne. Maxwell hired a former Belhaven College student, Daniel Townsend, as editorial assistant (Maxwell is also journalist in residence at Belhaven), but the rest of the staff is part-time or family, including Maxwell's wife, Rosanne.
While thrilled with the success and numbers, Maxwell says there is higher ideal at play with The Sporting Spirit. "It would be great if I could do this full time," Maxwell says. "But, I didn't start this as pure money-making idea. I'm a people person. I want to make a difference. And, I've been blessed to get people here who want to make a difference, as well. Maxwell says his goal is for The Sporting Spirit to become part of the community - add to the fabric of the quality of life for Mississippians.
September08_TSS_Onsides, 14 April 2010 [cached]
Joe Maxwell
Editor and Publisher
Joe Maxwell is an ..., 15 Aug 2014 [cached]
Joe Maxwell is an award-winning journalist currently serving as Journalist in Residence at Belhaven College. Formerly a Chicago-area newspaper reporter and Senior Editor of re:generation quarterly, Maxwell is also a correspondent for World Magazine. He was named among 50 up-and-coming "evangelical leaders under 40" by Christianity Today.
Home > Charisma Features > Joe ..., 21 Oct 2007 [cached]
Home > Charisma Features > Joe Maxwell
By Joe Maxwell
Joe Maxwell has written frequently for Charisma.He is journalist-in-residence and adjunct professor of communications at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi.
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