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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 Memphis native and community mentor Frank Gottie poses with his son, Andreis Smith.

Boots on the Ground: How two community activists mentor Memphis youth with the power of presence

Community Correspondent Danica Wilks spoke with Casio Montez and Frank Gottie, two community mentors who are instilling Memphis youth with valuable life skills and lessons.

Feature Story Rendering of Alliance Healthcare Services' Crisis Wellness Center at the intersection of Broad and Malcomb in Binghampton, opening February 2025.

Q&A: How a 24-hour Crisis Wellness Center in Binghampton will save more lives come early 2025

Jeff Hulett speaks with Alliance Healthcare Services CEO Laurie Powell about the new crisis wellness center, Alliance Healthcare Services celebrating 50 years, and more. 

Feature Story For High Ground's 'On The Ground' series, six local community-level journalists help dissect the More for Memphis plan and share the stories of Memphis residents who are working hard for a better tomorrow. 

High Ground's newest Community Correspondents explore the More for Memphis plan

For High Ground's 'On The Ground' series, six local community-level journalists help dissect the More for Memphis plan and share the stories of Memphis residents who are working hard for a better tomorrow. 

Feature Story Economic Development is one of the six 'More for Memphis' anchor collaboratives and aims to put 10,000 additional young people on a path to economic mobility.

More for Memphis plan identifies liberty and equity as Economic Development priorities

Over the next several months, the High Ground Team will be diving deep into the More for Memphis plan: What it is, why it is, and where it's taking us. This week, we take a look at Economic Development, one of the 6 focus areas critical to the initiative's success.

Development News "Haven of Hope is here to offer a safe and unique healing experience for those suffering from eating disorders and trauma," says Brittney Greer, LPC, MHSP, executive clinical director of Haven of Hope.

New treatment facility for eating disorder and trauma care set to open in Memphis in late summer

"Haven of Hope is here to offer a safe and unique healing experience for those suffering from eating disorders and trauma," says Brittney Greer, LPC, MHSP, executive clinical director of Haven of Hope.

Development News "One million acres of tangible conservation in one year is an achievement that's nearly 90 years in the making," says Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam.

Memphis nonprofit achieves 1M acres of wetlands conservation throughout North America in FY24

"One million acres of tangible conservation in one year is an achievement that's nearly 90 years in the making," says Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam.

Development News A rendering of one of the 70 homes to be built at Epping Forest in Raleigh.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new subdivision being built in Memphis' Raleigh community

The Epping Forest subdivision will include 58 single family homes and 12 condominiums in Memphis' Raleigh community.

Development News “The Healthy Start program is a perfect addition to continue our work to improve the health outcomes of women in this community,” says Alicia Smith-Steele, vice president of ambulatory services at Regional One Health.

Memphis hospital launches targeted perinatal care program for Black mothers and infants

“The Healthy Start program is a perfect addition to continue our work to improve the health outcomes of women in this community,” says Alicia Smith-Steele, vice president of ambulatory services at Regional One Health.

Feature Story Lakeisha Buford is the founder and owner of natural hair care salon FingersRite Hair Studio.

Women Working It: Lakeisha Buford is helping Memphis women feel beautiful at FingersRite Hair Studio

Lakeisha Buford launched her company after deciding to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional hairstylist, receiving business development support from BLDG Memphis and their Community Navigator Pilot Program.

Feature Story The focus area of health and well-being in the More For Memphis plan examines the factors behind physical, mental, and social wellness from a broad perspective.

School-based healthcare, SNAP benefits, and more: The More for Memphis plan for Health & Well-Being

Over the next several months, the High Ground Team will be diving deep into the More for Memphis plan: What it is, why it is, and where it's taking us. This week, we take a look at the plan's initiative for Health & Well-Being.

Feature Story Volunteers are critical to the MIFA mission.

How 42 Memphis restaurants came together to help raise funds for Meals on Wheels

“We're all restaurants feeding our customers. And it just made sense to try to do the same thing and help feed the seniors in the Memphis area that don't have the luxury of eating out,” says Ashely Robilio, president of the Hueys Restaurant company and a member of the MIFA board.

Development News Volunteers load up their cars at MIFA headquarters as they prepare for another day’s delivery of Meals on Wheels.

These 42 restaurants are participating in MIFA’s 10-day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Spring for a Meal takes place at participating restaurants from Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 14.

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What are our focus neighborhoods? 
Binghampton, The Edge, Frayser, The Heights, Hickory Hill, Klondike & Smokey City, Madison Heights, North Memphis, Orange Mound, South City, Soulsville, Uptown & The Pinch, The University District, and Whitehaven.
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.