Sunday, November 23, 2014

About Daily Yonder

at the Moravia, Texas, church picnic Bill Bishop Temporary tattoo, spotted at the Moravia (Texas) church picnic, 2008

55 million people live in the rural U.S. ­ Maybe you're one of them, or used to be, or want to be. As mainstream TV and newspapers retreat from small towns, the Daily Yonder is coming on strong.

We're your daily multi-media source of news, commentary, research, and features. Meet our staff here.

Check us throughout the day for breaking news, commentary, reports from our rural correspondants, updates from the best rural bloggers, and eye-opening photography from across the rural U.S.

The Daily Yonder's special reports also bring you overviews of the big issues now facing small communities -- health, employment, broadband access, education, and economic development. We're tracking how national policies are reaching (or ignoring) rural communities.

The Daily Yonder has been published on the web since 2007 by the Center for Rural Strategies, a non-profit media organization based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Knoxville, Tennessee. The site  was developed with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Media Democracy Fund (a project of the Proteus Fund).

Yonder's founders and editors Julie Ardery and Bill Bishop have written for national magazines and for newspapers in Kentucky and Texas. In the 1980s, they owned and ran the award-winning Bastrop County Times, the weekly in Smithville, Texas. Bill''s The Big Sort, a study of political segregation, was named one of the top 100 books of 2008 by The New York Times. 

We welcome photos, tips, observations, and links to stories about rural America. Send us stories about what you've seen, heard or witnessed. Make it meaningful, make it cool, make it good, make it Yonder.