Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Forum on news coverage of Appalachia to be held in Whitesburg, Ky., on Saturday from 11:30 to 2:30

Since national and international news media rediscovered Appalachia in the 1960s, residents of the region have complained about depictions of their region, and some have tried to build their own regional narrative. This weekend there will be a public conversation about such things.

Appalshop's WMMT-FM and nonprofit journalism magazine Scalawag are hosting a community discussion about news coverage of Appalachia from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Ky.

Organizers say participants will "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 be followed by a screening of "Stranger with a Camera," a film by Appalshop's Elizabeth Barrett about a Canadian photographer who was murdered in near Whitesburg in 1967, and a question-and-answer session with author Elizabeth Catte about her new book What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.

Click here to learn more about the event and register for it.

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