“It’s hard to [imagine] how our range of options in Appalachia and the quality of our narrative could get worse.” Elizabeth Catte.
Will 2018 be a better year for news coverage of Appalachia? In an article for the Columbia Journalism Review, Mary Meehan covers new grants and programs offered by coastal news organizations like Harvard’s Nieman Foundation and the New York-based nonprofit ProPublica that aim to encourage more localized reporting. "If 2017 began with concerns that coastal media bubbles would perpetuate stale narratives about rural folks, then it concludes with news of a few energized efforts to improve those narratives on the local level," she writes.
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