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Join Us! March 31st: Ethical Appalachian Reporting – A Community Conversation

Join Us! March 31st: Ethical Appalachian Reporting – A Community Conversation

WMMT & Scalawag Magazine are hosting a community discussion at Appalshop about media coverage of the region (the good, the bad, and everything between) on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The discussion will be followed by a screening of Stranger With A Camera & a Q&A with author Elizabeth Catte

We’ll share ideas and examples of ethical, accountable, community-led media projects in the region, discuss some less-ideal national coverage Central Appalachians are well-acquainted with, and create a guide for journalists on what-to-do and what-NOT-to-do when covering our mountain communities. The forum will begin at 11:00 AM  and end at 2:30 PM (at the Boone Motor Building, across the street from Appalshop, click here for directions).

Directly after the forum we’ll screen Appalshop film “Stranger With A Camera” directed by Elizabeth Barrett, followed by Q&A with author Elizabeth Catte about her new book “What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.” This event is made possible with support from PEN American’s Press Freedom Incentive Fund.

WMMT Public Affairs Director and Scalawag Editor Rachel Garringer recently had an editorial published detailing her thoughts on these issues: “Telling Tales: How the Media Fails Appalachia.” Check it out for some food for thought leading into the March 31st forum!

Here’s an excerpt from Garringer’s piece:

We need more deep, honest, and complex stories from rural places in the United States, and specifically the Rural South. I appreciate that other folks throughout the U.S. are starting to realize this too. But what’s missing from almost all of the projects I’ve seen so far is real leadership by rural folks. Leadership which positions rural people as not only subjects, but agents of change-making, as bearers of deep wisdom, as articulate experts with lessons to share, not only with other rural folks, but with readers and viewers across the country. True rural leadership requires much more than developing an initiative in a major city and then hiring a local or transplant reporter for minimal pay.

For additional info about the forum, you can check out the Facebook event.

Hope to see you on the 31st!

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