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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.


Feature Story Sergeant Biggs, a Memphis Police Department mascot, greets members of the community outside Cathedral of Faith during the Klondike-Smokey City foster care awareness parade. (Brandon Dahlberg)

Urban League and Shelby County mayor to host virtual summit on police reform in the South

The free virtual summit is July 14 and takes aim at police brutality, the prison system, and re-entry reform.

Feature Story St. Jude 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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Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas “come” to Memphis with virtual book signing

Talk show host Phil Donahue and actress Marlo Thomas are “coming” to Memphis for a virtual, live-streamed conversation on their new book, “What Makes a Marriage Last."

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Second COVID-themed creative writing contest offers cash prizes for Shelby County Schools teens

Peer Power's second creative writing contest offers cash prizes for Shelby County Schools high school students. Submissions are due July 24.

Feature Story BRIDGES USA youth Leaders are creating virtual spaces where students can connected during the coronavirus pandemic. (Submitted)

BRIDGES USA youth leaders make space for teens in the midst of protests and a pandemic

Youth leaders with BRIDGES USA are ensuring youth voices are heard during the global health crisis and civil unrest.  

Feature Story To celebrate Juneteenth 2020, The Time is Now Douglass, the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter, and Memphis Artists for Change partnered to supply produce boxes, free lunch from local food trucks, masks, and hand sanitizer. (Forever Ready)

Video: Juneteenth in Douglass Park

The Douglass Community has been celebrating Juneteenth in Douglass Park since 1993. In this year's pandemic, they did things a little differently. 

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Your questions for navigating life during the COVID-19 pandemic, asked and answered

The Memphis Media Collaborative sent a COVID-19 information needs survey to residents across Memphis. Here are the most common questions and answers.

Feature Story MPD

The whole world is talking about police reform. Black Lives Matter has solutions.

Shahidah Jones sits down with High Ground to discuss the injustices of cash bail, disinvestment and over-policing in Black communities, and the official Black Lives Matter Memphis chapter's strategies and solutions for divesting law enforcement and reinvesting in the people.

Feature Story A Craftsman Bungalow-style home with ornate spiral pillars in Vollintine-Evergreen. VECA is seeking a landmarks designation for the V&E area to preserve its historic aesthetic. (Cole Bradley)

Vollintine-Evergreen seeks landmark designation to preserve its unique history and aesthetic

Redevelopment is happening all around the Vollintine-Evergreen community. In the midst of change, residents are fighting to ensure they have a say in how their neighborhood takes shape.

Feature Story Imani Polk launched Masked by Imani, a line of fashionable face mask, just before her fourteenth birthday. Polk is a Memphis native and will be a freshman at Ridgeway High School in the fall. (Submitted)

14 year-old Memphis entrepreneur launches line of fashion masks for pandemic protection

Imani Polk started a fashion brand then designed a line of fashion masks for pandemic protection, which has sold over 350 masks since April. Then she turned 14.

Feature Story Memphis Inner-City Rugby alumni coaches and staff distributed food, basic supplies, and rugby equipment at Believe Memphis in the Klondike neighborhood. They also passed out over 650 supply bags to other North Memphis residents. (Submitted)

With the season cancelled, Memphis Inner City Rugby serves off the field

“We can’t do any rugby. We’re not in schools right now. So, we asked, ‘What can we do with our resources and our people?'” - Executive Director Shane Young

Feature Story Rufus Sykes cracks a smile as he holds the door open for a customer at the South Memphis Grocery on West Mallory Avenue. Sykes co-owns the corner store with other family members. (Malik Martin)

Corner Stores: A South Memphis love story

Corner stores in poor neighborhoods get a bad rap for unhealthy food, vagrancy, and blight. High Ground Community Correspondent and South Memphis resident Ivy Arnold has a different take—corner stores as necessary and beloved institutions.

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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.