Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez is a C Spire communications strategist with 15 years of professional writing experience.

Recent Posts

The 2024 hurricane season is here, and we’re ready. Are you?

By: Jim Beaugez on May 31, 2024 4:42:05 PM

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its 2024 hurricane forecast, and it’s predicted to be a blockbuster year with an 85 percent chance of producing an above-average number of storms.

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Summer Activity: Getting your kids started with smartphone photography

By: Jim Beaugez on May 17, 2024 10:37:00 AM

Taking a photograph is as easy as picking up a smartphone these days. But there’s so much more possibility waiting inside your camera app.

This summer, you and your kids can discover a whole world of creativity, self-expression and storytelling by exploring your device’s smartphone capabilities and experimenting with photo subjects and locations.

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What would a ban on cell phones in schools mean for parents and kids?

By: Jim Beaugez on May 10, 2024 2:46:46 PM

Mobile devices have become a mainstay of education in recent years, with schools adopting digital-first approaches to learning across the grade spectrum. These policies are having positive effects, too, by bridging the digital divide and preparing students for a digital world.

But when devices like cell phones are not used for educational purposes, the impacts are quite the opposite — they can easily distract students from their studies and result in lower grades. About two-thirds of U.S. students find them distracting, and their use results in a decrease in long-term information retention equivalent to half a letter grade.

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Make your refund go further this tax season

By: Jim Beaugez on Mar 8, 2024 8:14:36 PM

Tax filing season is here — and for many of us, getting right with Uncle Sam can mean a windfall of cash to spend.

Just how much can you expect? The amount varies, of course, but to put things into perspective, the IRS issued more than 237 million refunds last year amounting to half a trillion dollars. And with a month and a half left before taxes are due for FY 2023, the average refund check so far is worth $3,207.

We’re here to help you stretch that refund as far as we can. Read on for some fun ways to invest that money in your digital footprint.

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Watch: How C Spire carries the signal along the Mississippi Blues Trail

By: Jim Beaugez on Feb 22, 2024 1:50:04 PM

Blues musician Brian Ballou first heard blues, R&B and soul music on records in his parents’ collection. As tunes spun from their turntable and filled the family home with sound, the music of icons like Muddy Waters and B.B. King had a transformative effect, setting him on his own journey.

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How to keep your family’s smartphones and mobile devices safe from hackers

By: Jim Beaugez on Sep 19, 2023 11:22:44 AM

Once upon a time, smartphones were relatively safe from hackers compared to traditional personal computers. But as people began to use their devices for sensitive activities like banking, shopping and medical consultations, the flood gates opened.

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Topics: Connect & Protect

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