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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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Memphis Area COVID-19 Resource Guide

A comprehensive resource guide for Memphians. Information and resources for workers, seniors, parents, and more. Updated regularly.

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What's left unanswered: How can local media help you?

Four Mid-South publications have teamed up to ask what questions you have that aren’t currently being answered by local or national reporting. Text "Memphis" to 73224.

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First COVID-19, now cancer, threaten to tank couple’s pet-sitting business

The sixth in a series of essays from Memphis workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with MLK50.

Feature Story The Time is Now Douglass Community Development Corporation hosted a mobile food pantry in the Douglass neighborhood on April 16th. It was the first mobile pantry held in Douglass since the novel coronavirus pandemic hit Shelby County. (Submitted)

When Covid-19 relief didn't come, Douglass residents stepped up for their own

“Resources not getting to Douglass is not a pandemic problem. This has always been our problem,” Kathy Yancey-Temple, The Time is Now Douglass Community Development Corporation

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Virtual event will spotlight Memphis musicians' contributions to culture and economy

The May 28 "Celebrate What's Right" event will explore the culture, education, equity, and economics of music in Memphis.

Feature Story A volunteer with the Neighborhood Christian Center packs a family’s car with a week’s worth of meals. NCC is one of the organizations that has received funding from the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. (Submitted)

What's the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund? Here's a quick and easy breakdown.

It's big but what is it? Here's a quick and easy guide to the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.

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Healthy Memphis Initiative is using culinary medicine to help Memphians live better and longer

Most people know they should eat for health, but what if they don't know how?

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Video: Le Bonheur's five easy ways to keep kids healthy from home

It doesn't matter if it's COVID-19, summer break, or winters indoors. Le Bonheur's Dr. Kathryn Sumpter has five easy steps for keeping kids healthy from home.

Feature Story Brandon Marshall paints a temporary mural funded by UrbanArt Commission. (Averell Mondie)

UrbanArt Commission issues calls for artists, offers relief for artists in need

A relief fund, two new calls for artists, and progress on its installations at Memphis International Airport. UrbanArt Commission's been busy. 

Feature Story JUICE Orange Mound board members Kenya Holmes (L) and Broderick Conneser deliver supplies to a senior in Orange Mound. JUICE asked residents to text what supplies they needed and personalized orders before delivery via CAREavan. (Cole Bradley)

The Unreachables: Memphis nonprofit meets its no-tech neighbors at their doorsteps (Quick Read)

For Memphians with limited internet access, there are big barriers to getting information and relief in the COVID-19 pandemic. JUICE Orange Mound is using fliers, text surveys, and word-of-mouth to deliver personalized care packages to their hardest-to-reach neighbors.

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How can you help in the pandemic? Volunteer Odyssey breaks it down. (Quick Read)

How can Memphians help during the pandemic? Where's the biggest need? Is it safe? What if you can't spare any cash? Volunteer Odyssey has the answers.

Feature Story Jasmine Thomas lives with her grandmother and 4-month-old daughter, A’Maria. Photo courtesy of Thomas.

New mother struggles to make ends meet after hours cut at fast-food job

The fifth in a series of essays from Memphis workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with MLK50.    

Feature Story Mario Ramos, a HopeWorks student, participates in an English Language Learners class. (Submitted)

At risk and "often unseen," the pandemic hits different for Mid-South immigrants (Quick Read)

Memphis' immigrants are often essential workers with concerns for safety and financial stability. For those who aren't U.S. citizens, the troubled waters get deeper. 

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Immigrants face new fears for jobs and citizenship post-pandemic (Quick Read)

As the city shifts to recovery, Memphis' immigrants are facing new delays obtaining permanent residency and concerns about federal policies that could keep them from much needed jobs.

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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.