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Sidewalk-level journalism for Memphis.

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.

Features

Feature Story Jani Radhakrishnan gives a talk at a previous TEDxMemphis event on the topic "From 'What do you do for work?' to 'What’s your story?'" (Submittted)

Speakers wanted for 2021 TEDxMemphis


Feature Story An employee of La Michoacana ice cream and paleta shop serves up a fruit cup with tajin. (Forever Ready Productions)

High Ground's "Still Serving" series is expanding


Feature Story A family picks up activity sheets and grab-and-go craft kits at the North Branch Library. The kids are part of Memphis Public Libraries' strategy for helping kids with learning and literacy from home during the pandemic. (Memphis Library Foundation)

Memphis libraries' expanded programs promise a summer of fun


Feature Story Mahogany Memphis is  "upscale Southern with a dash of Creole," according to co-owner Veve Yates. Mahogany Memphis is the fifth local restaurant featured in the "Still Serving" series. (Forever Ready Productions)
Feature Story On the greensward at Overton Park, members of the Central High School band take a few extra minutes to practice their parts as the rest of the band wraps up practice behind them. May 2021. (Cole Bradley)

The parks are packed as Memphians look to work and play safely


Feature Story Rachel Jones (left) and Debra Lockard at the Orange Mound Orchard and urban garden, May 2021. (Ziggy Mack)

Orange Mound has an orchard?


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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.