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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 (Wikimedia Commons, Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The pandemic is changing how Memphis does preschool


Feature Story Dalisia “Dee” Brye closed on her new home in Whitehaven in June with the help of United Housing's HUD-certified housing counselors. Brye sought home ownership after realizing that mortgage payments would be less than rental payments. (Submitted)
Feature Story Laura Carpenter attends an Indie Memphis film screening at the Malco Summer Drive-In in October 2020. The theater has operated at its current location since 1966. (Ziggy Mack)

Memphis' Summer drive-in is a cultural icon. It's also a safe place to escape the pandemic blues.

The state-of-the-art, self-serve concession stand at the Summer Quartet Drive In opened in the 1960s. Today, it still offers treats customers can't find at other movie theaters and at lower prices. (Ziggy Mack)

Feature Story Kenzie Cleaves stands inside a vacant unit in her North Memphis apartment complex that she said has been unsecured for over a year. Unsafe housing conditions can increase COVID-19-related deaths. (Ziggy Mack)

In poor communities, toxic housing is a risk factor for COVID-19 deaths


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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.