On The Ground

Wendell and Adrena Jackson show the progress of renovations to their restaurant Eggxactly Breakfast and Deli in Whitehaven. (Brandon Dill) (L to R) Ladarius Shields, Cedric Hicks, and Hayden Williams attend a football game at Treadwell Middle. Treadwell is the area's oldest public school, opened in 1915. (Ziggy Mack) Brett Hunter and Katie Hargrave host a community meeting to reimagine the center of National Street as the Heights Line biking and pedestrian path connecting Summer to Jackson Avenues (Heights Line Design Studio)

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The On The Ground program, which began in 2016, embeds journalists in Memphis neighborhoods. Through this process, we include residents in the production of articles, photo essays, videos and events that reflect their lived experience. We seek to rebalance the news so that Memphians are exposed to stories that help them learn about the city’s challenges and better understand that there are people in every neighborhood across Memphis innovating for solutions.