Heartland & South

Passive, Poor and White? What People Keep Getting Wrong About Appalachia

Passive, Poor and White? What People Keep Getting Wrong About Appalachia

Elizabeth Catte

FEATURES

Co-published with The Guardian. To satisfy an elitist, narrative fetish about ‘Trump Country’, photographers from outside have long ignored my region’s diversity

I Wrote About Farmers' Suicides – And the Reaction Has Been Overwhelming

I Wrote About Farmers' Suicides – And the Reaction Has Been Overwhelming

Debbie Weingarten

NEWS

Co-published with The GuardianAfter the Guardian and EHRP published a piece about the record number of farmers who are killing themselves, there were hundreds of responses.

My Small Town is Being Poisoned by Fracking Waste

My Small Town is Being Poisoned by Fracking Waste

Alison Stine

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianIn a tiny south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills, the Hazel Ginsburg Well is holding waste from out-of-state fracking operations – a sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water.

America's Local Newspapers Might be Broke - But They're More Vital than Ever

America's Local Newspapers Might be Broke - But They're More Vital than Ever

Kathleen McLaughlin

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianLocal journalism is doing great work across the country while fighting cutbacks and tight budgets. But we need people to stop expecting news to be free.

Oklahoma Isn't working. Can Anyone Fix this Failing American State?

Oklahoma Isn't working. Can Anyone Fix this Failing American State?

Russell Cobb

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianPoverty, police abuse, record prison rates and education cuts that mean a four-day school week. Why are public services failing Oklahomans?

Ranching Life on the High Plains of Montana

Ranching Life on the High Plains of Montana

Elliott Woods

PHOTOGRAPHY

Co-published with The GuardianElliott D. Woods spent time in Phillips County in northern Montana, where public land is a source of life to which ranchers are intimately connected. If the plan to transfer lands to the states succeeds, it will mean a radical restructuring of the economy and the culture of the West.

How We're Working with Reporters from Around America to Cover Class and Inequality

How We're Working with Reporters from Around America to Cover Class and Inequality

Alissa Quart & Jessica Reed

NEWS | ANALYSIS

Co-published with The GuardianThe national media failed to cover large swathes of the US pre-election, while rural voices have been quieted by the decimation of local news. Our On The Ground project aims to remedy these issues.

Working-Class Women are Too Busy for Gender Theory – But They're Still Feminists

Working-Class Women are Too Busy for Gender Theory – But They're Still Feminists

Sarah Smarsh

FEATURES

Co-published with The GuardianYou won’t get very far as a poor woman without believing you are equal to men – and if someone embodies this thought, it is Dolly Parton.

"We Should Try to Preserve Humanity"

"We Should Try to Preserve Humanity"

Appalachian Media Institute

MULTIMEDIA

Co-published with Oxford American. The third installment in a series of four posts, featuring films produced in collaboration between the youth filmmakers of the 2016 Summer Documentary Institute at Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute and filmmaker Jordan Freeman.

In Montana, Land Transfer Threatens the American Rancher's Way of Life

In Montana, Land Transfer Threatens the American Rancher's Way of Life

Elliott Woods

FEATURES

Co-published with The Guardian and Mountain Outlaw MagazineRanchers in the west have been struggling for decades. Now a new threat looms: public land might be taken away from them

"You Will Come Here, and There Will Be Magical Things Happening"

"You Will Come Here, and There Will Be Magical Things Happening"

Appalachian Media Institute

MULTIMEDIA

Co-published with Oxford AmericanThe films and filmmakers of the Summer Documentary Institute at Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute.

"I Couldn't Make My Films Anywhere Else"

"I Couldn't Make My Films Anywhere Else"

Appalachian Media Institute

MULTIMEDIA

Co-published with Oxford AmericanThe films and filmmakers of the Summer Documentary Institute at Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute.

Back at the Carrier Plant, Workers Are Still Fighting on Their Own

 Back at the Carrier Plant, Workers Are Still Fighting on Their Own

Sarah Jaffe

FEATURES

Co-published with The Nation Trump’s tax break was not enough. Truly addressing the plight of the American working class means confronting the problems of global capitalism.

A Town Under Trial

A Town Under Trial

Tamara Reynolds

PHOTOGRAPHY

This story originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Oxford American with support from EHRP. What an unsolved double murder in Kentucky reveals about America’s military-industrial complex.

"I Feel Forgotten": A Decade of Struggle in Rural Ohio

"I Feel Forgotten": A Decade of Struggle in Rural Ohio

Kate Linthicum and Matt Eich

PHOTOGRAPHY ANALYSIS

Co-published with The New YorkerIn the spring of 2009, Kate Linthicum traveled to rural Ohio to meet the people Eich had been photographing.

Photographer Johanne Rahaman Documents Black Florida

Photographer Johanne Rahaman Documents Black Florida

Antonia Farzan and Johanne Rahaman

PHOTOGRAPHY ANALYSIS

Co-published with the Broward Palm Beach New Times. From Trinidad to Miami, photographer Johanne Rahaman showcases the beauty of Black rural life through dynamic portraiture and oral history. 

 

The Case for More Female Cops

The Case for More Female Cops

Sarah Smarsh

FEATURE | ESSAY

Co-published with Longreads. Nearly nine out of ten cops are men. Sarah Smarsh discusses the police force’s gender problem and a Wichita woman’s efforts inside the criminal justice system that failed her.