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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.

Check us throughout the day for breaking news, commentary, reports from our rural correspondents, 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.

The Yonder was founded in 2007 by Co-editors Julie Ardery and Bill Bishop. Among other qualifications for the job, they owned and edited a weekly newspaper in Smithville, Texas, in the 1980s. 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.

The current editor is Tim Marema. Tim also has a background in small-town weekly journalism. His first newspaper job was at the Berea Citizen while he was a student at Berea College in Kentucky.

 

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.

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Donor Transparency

The Daily Yonder is published by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Rural Strategies. The Daily Yonder operates independently from other Rural Strategies projects and personnel in making editorial decisions. Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies, is publisher of the Daily Yonder. Editorial decisions are the purview of the news staff, directed by the editor, Tim Marema.

The Daily Yonder and its parent organization, the Center for Rural Strategies, are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean the Daily Yonder endorses donors or their products, services or opinions.

The Daily Yonder accepts gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $1000 or more per year. The Daily Yonder will not accept donations from anonymous sources, government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by the Board of Directors of the Center for Rural Strategies, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.

 

Statement of Editorial Independence

The Daily Yonder subscribes subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

The Daily Yonder retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

The Daily Yonder may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but we maintain editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards. independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

The  Daily Yonder’s financial information are included in the 990 filing of the Center for Rural Strategies. The latest 990 is available here.

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