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We cover Memphis neighborhoods with nuance and center the experience of residents. We expose Memphians to stories of their neighbors across the city. We seek to rebalance the news by exploring challenges while focusing on the people and solutions moving Memphis forward.

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Feature Story Archie Willis rides the Madison Avenue trolley bus through Madison Heights. (Ziggy Mack)

In Photos: More Memphis neighborhoods revisited

Can't get out and explore the city during the pandemic? Take a visual tour through four more of our 13 On the Ground neighborhoods to get your Memphis fix.

Feature Story Shelia Williams, a 2020 Bickford-Bearwater High Ground News Community Correspondent. (Cole Bradley)

Memphis' Newest Reporters: Meet Community Correspondent Shelia Williams

Community Correspondents are everyday Memphians training to become neighborhood-based reporters. From Bickford in North Memphis, meet one of Memphis' newest journalists, Shelia Williams.

Feature Story Jolie Shaw, a 2020 Bickford-Bearwater High Ground News Community Correspondent. (Cole Bradley)

Memphis' Newest Reporters: Meet Community Correspondent Jolie Shaw

Community Correspondents are everyday Memphians training to become neighborhood-based reporters. From Bickford in North Memphis, meet one of Memphis' newest journalists, Jolie Shaw. 

Feature Story (Andrea Morales)

Candidates for Shelby County Schools Board of Education answer tough questions ahead of election

Two virtual town halls gave parents and students the chance to discuss their biggest concerns with candidates running for a spot on the SCS Board of Education.

Feature Story Derion Lipford films his pitch proposal for the judges of ArtUp's North Memphis Incubator in January 2020. (Sheri Neely)

Memphis teen wins ArtUp business pitch contest

Kynnidi Caffey won $500 after her 60-second pitch for a custom t-shirt company called “Fits Us!” The 18 year-old is a graduate of Briarcrest Christian School.

Feature Story Husband and wife Nancy and Patricio Gonzalez carry equipment to the Gaisman Community Center at the end of game day. They are the directors and coaches of Illegal Arts Memphis soccer league. (Natalie Eddings)

In Photos: Memphis neighborhoods revisited

Can't get out and explore the city during the pandemic? Take a visual tour through six of our 13 On the Ground neighborhoods to get your Memphis fix.

Feature Story Executive Director John Paul Shaffer announces the BLDG Memphis rebrand in April 2017. It was previously the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis. (Submitted)

BLDG Memphis and new board look to the future of community development in and after the pandemic

BLDG Memphis acts as a facilitator for collaboration between 40-plus community organizations and community-mind individuals across the city. They're all facing uncharted territory in the pandemic. 

Feature Story Soulsville in pictures 2

Mass evictions are coming. This South Memphis nonprofit is part of the solution.

Mass evictions are looming across the country. In the U.S. "eviction capital," The Works, Inc. puts people over profit.  

Feature Story Exposure

Visitors can build a custom experience at the first virtual Exposure event

Exposure is going virtual in September 2020. Rather than walk between 100 booths at the FedEx Forum, attendees can learn about local businesses and organization with a customized virtual experience.

Feature Story The Bickford-Bearwater Community Correspondents attended their first class on January 11. They're training to become community-based journalists for North Memphis. The class is held in the AngelStreet choir room at Oasis of Hope's Bickford center.

High Ground trains North Memphis residents in community-based journalism

High Ground has launched its second Community Correspondents class. The six-week program trains average Memphians in community-based journalism.

Feature Story The PepsiCo Foundation has pledge $7 million for nationwide COVID-19 relief, including $500,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. (Banco de Alimentos Quito, PepsiCo Foundation)

Pepsi puts $500,000 toward COVID-19 relief in Memphis

The PepsiCo Foundation has partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis to put $500,000 towards pandemic relief efforts in Memphis.

Feature Story Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

Methodist-Le Bonheur creates new role to reduce Mid-South health disparities

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare announced a new leadership position dedicated to eradicating health disparities in the Mid-South.

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On the Ground:
North Memphis

We're reporting from North Memphis from January through July 2020. 

From Uptown to Douglass, we'll dive into individual neighborhoods and look at challenges and on-the-ground solutions across the area. 



Have a connection to any of our 13 On the Ground neighborhoods? 
 
You can help shape the series.
Stop by our weekly community newsroom or email [email protected] with story ideas, feedback, or questions. 
What is Solutions Journalism?

Many of High Ground's in-depth stories take an approach known as solutions journalism.

Solutions journalism:
  • explores challenges but focuses on responses—the solutions
  • asks for evidence—proof of need, success, & progress
  • asks complex questions—whys & hows
  • includes the voices of those most affected by challenges and solutions
We asks how challenges and responses affect Memphis' diverse communities and focus on neighborhoods and voices often excluded from these critical conversations.