Whether you view members of the ultra-right militia movement as armed extremists or modern-day patriots may depend on which YouTube videos or Facebook posts you see regularly. On the fifth anniversary of the Bundy standoff in Nevada, a…
A national newspaper column urges us to “get real about rural America.” OK, here is what rural communities need: transition, planning, and investment.
Last week’s New York Times columns by Paul Krugman and David Brooks offer textbook examples of the unhelpful frames that define our conversation about rural America.
A collection of essays by scholars and activists attempts to reshape our understanding of the southern mountains. Before you fall for the trope of Hillbilly Elegy and Ron Howard’s proposed film adaptation, get a more complex and complete…
Residents are less informed, less engaged in their communities and less influential with their legislators in cities where polarized national news sources are replacing shuttered local newspapers.
A group of Rappahannock County, Virginia, citizens decided their community needed a different kind of journalism. Instead of starting a new publication, they forged a partnership with the Rappahannock News. After five years on the job, the…
NPR’s first rural affairs correspondent ends his 38-year broadcast journalism career with a Frontline television documentary on federal regulators who turned a blind eye on a major resurgence in black lung disease.
Rural communities are creative and resourceful when it comes to community development. They have to be. Foundations that avoid rural investment are missing opportunities for innovation and success.