In 2016, West Virginia was national and international news. And it wasn’t all good. The general theme of coverage by the major media outlets was Ruin and Hopeless, manifest in the four major stories of the year – Drugs, Racism, Flooding and Trump.
The goal of 100 Days in Appalachia, a pop-up media outlet spearheaded by West Virginia University and West Virginia Public Broadcasting, was to give regional journalists and producers a vehicle to provide coverage and context about the region that, all too often, national and international reporters would miss or ignore.
And it worked.
But the 100 Days are up. Which begs the question, what now?
At New Story in Morgantown on June 16 and 17, we’ll get into that.
You’ll hear from the architects of 100 Days In Appalachia about what they learned from the project, about home-growing a media product designed for a national and international audience, and how they plan to continue the work.
Plus, you’ll have the chance to talk to reporters and editors from major national news outlets about what shapes their coverage of West Virginia, and pitch them on great local stories they missed.
Pointing the finger at “parachuting” reporters, and blaming them for West Virginia’s national narrative, is getting pretty boring. The time has come to engage with them, ask them, inform them, pitch them.
Only at New Story. Register now.