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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 Edward Bogard, founder of Memphis-based nonprofit shoe manufacturer SoGiv, high fives a student at the three-day teen design charrette benefiting Shelby County Schools. (Demarcus Bowser)

Germantown High wins shoe design contest with focus on breast cancer awareness

Local nonprofit SoGiv partnered with Shelby County Schools for a shoe design competition between SCS high schools. Germantown's winning concept spotlights breast cancer awareness. Sales of the shoes will benefit SCS.

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Memphis' future is in its past. Pizza with Planners explores why on January 28.

Why is quality of life in North and South Memphis so drastically different than Midtown or East Memphis? The answer is in our history. Join the conversation and enjoy the free pizza on January 28.

Feature Story The Oasis Appliance store's strategic manager, Dana Driver (R), assists customers in selecting a new washing machine. (A.J. Dugger)

Oasis is part bike shop, part home and appliance store, and all about North Memphis

Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings in North Memphis offers quality, secondhand appliances and furniture. Oasis Bike Shop has some of the lowest prices in Memphis. Both are part of a ministry serving area resident. 

Feature Story Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will compete locally on February 5 as their first stop on the way to the title of National Youth of the Year. (Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis)

Local teens to compete for Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Youth of the Year award

Ten local tens will compete in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's search for its National Youth of the Year. Top prize includes a $25,000 scholarship.

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Podcast: Artspace Immersion helps local arts groups with their space

Wendy Holmes from the Minneapolis-based Artspace and Sabrina Norwood from Young Actors Guild. The Artspace Immersion: Memphis program is helping local arts organization with a variety of real estate projects.

Feature Story L to R: Community Contributors Ian Randolph, Ivy Arnold, and Monique Rials listen attentively to a conversation on journalist ethics lead by trainer, Micaela Watts. (Cat Evans)

Video: When neighbors make the news

Newsrooms rarely reflect the communities they cover. We think they should. Meet our Community Correspondents—average Memphians trained as neighborhood-based reporters.

Feature Story Artist Terry Lynn's original sculpture design will pay homage to Foote Homes, the former public housing project that was raze for redevelopment into the new South City mixed-income development. (Symmbol Sanderlin)

Local artist creating sculpture for South City honoring legacy of Foote Homes

The redevelopment of South City will include a steel sculpture by Memphian Terry Lynn. The sculpture will honor the legacy of Foote Homes, Lynn's grandfather, and future hopes for South City.

Feature Story Promise CDC has built 30 houses in North Memphis, most of them three- and four-bedroom single family homes. The homes are for rent and purchase at affordable prices. (Promise CDC)

Promise CDC builds homes, community, and investment in North Memphis

With constant plumbing problems at her old place, Eunice Phillips was looking for a safe and affordable rental for her and her two children. Promise CDC delivered with a beautiful home in North Memphis. Now she's looking to buy.

Feature Story Collegiate School of Memphis replaced the roof of Highland Heights Baptist Church main sanctuary this fall. CMS manages the building with the stipulation that the school coexist with the congregation. (Leigh Tatum)

Faith in Action: Sharing space to save historic churches

As congregations shrink and age, historic churches are at risk for demolition. In The Heights, Highland Heights Baptist Church has teamed up with The Collegiate School of Memphis and The Avenue Community Church to save their building. 

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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.