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Memphis Area COVID-19 Resource Guide

We've complied a resource guide for Memphians to access reliable information, find local support, and lend local support. Updated daily. 

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Memphis Animal Services offers $20 "Social Distancing Sidekick" adoption special through March 31

In times of crisis, stress and anxiety increase. A pet can help. Memphis Animal Services is offering a $20 "Social Distancing Sidekick" adoption special through March 31.

Feature Story Hunter Coleman, 10, works on his homeschool math curriculum using a mix of online instruction and hands-on practice on a dry-erase board. A dry-erase board is a useful tool for practice work across subjects. (Jim Coleman).

Schools closed and suddenly you're homeschooling? I'm Jim, and I can help.

High Ground reporter and seasoned homeschooler Jim Coleman shares his best advice and resources with Mid-Southerners who are now both parent and teacher.

Feature Story Self-portrait at home by Lorin Vincent.

I’m a housekeeper and DJ—my income is now zero. I’m one of the lucky ones.

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

Feature Story A sign on the door of Miss Girlee’s Soul Food Restaurant in North Memphis announces its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ashley Davis)

In food deserts, COVID-related restaurant closures are especially devastating.

In food deserts, restaurants and corner stores fill critical gaps in the absence of grocers. Amid COVID-19, North Memphis restaurant owners are grappling with decisions to close knowing the critical service they provide.

Feature Story Andrew Bobowski serves as the principal of KIPP Memphis Collegiate High, located at 2110 Howell Avenue in North Memphis. (Elizabeth Hoard Photography)

Memphis principals share their fears and steps they're taking to keep kids in school from home

Three North Memphis principals share their fears for students, staff, and families. They also share the steps they're taking to keeps kids in school from home.

Feature Story Explore Bike Share is offering free rides through April 19, 2020 as a way to help Memphians get out of the house and stay active while maintaining social distancing requirements under the Safer at Home shelter in place order. (Submitted)

Explore Bike Share helps Memphis "Ride Out" the pandemic with free bike rentals through April 19

"Safer at Home" doesn't mean you can't go outside. Explore Bike Share is offering free bike rentals to keep Memphians active and stave off boredom, with increased sanitation protocols for safety.

Feature Story Located at 2499 Chelsea Avenue, the Hattiloo Technical Theatre Center trains youth in North Memphis with behind-the-scenes skills like sets, costume, and props design. The center opened in 20117. (Ashley Davis)

Post-COVID, the show will go on at Hattiloo Theatre's North Memphis youth training center

“Black culture will survive regardless of what we do in life" - Lawrence Blackwell, Hattiloo Theatre

Feature Story UrbanArt Commission and Memphis International Airport have issued a call for artists to contribute to the redesign of Concourse B, which is scheduled to reopen in April 2021. (Andrew Breig)

UrbanArt Commission issues call for artists for Memphis Intl. Airport redesign opening in 2021

UrbanArt Commission and Memphis International Airport have issued a call for artists to contribute to the Concourse B redesign, which is scheduled to reopen in April 2021.

Feature Story Carin Malone, who performs as Writeous Soul, is a Memphis slam poetry master working to revive the city's spoken word culture. She won the National Civil Rights Museum's Drop the Mic Poetry Slam in 2017 and now advises on the project. (Writeous Soul)

Artist Writeous Soul and the National Civil Rights Museum want to revive Memphis' slam poetry scene

With the help of the National Civil Rights Museum, slam poet and activist Writeous Soul is working to elevate the art of spoken word poetry in Memphis while honoring the history of black arts and civil rights heroes.

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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.