Local Institutions

The New Approach to Local Journalism

The Shawangunk Journal offices in Ellenville, New York. Backwards sign made by artist Roger Baker. (Courtesy of Amberly Jane Campbell) Here’s another installment in the ongoing series on how local news operations, especially newspapers, can devise new ways to stay in business. For previous entries—from Mississippi, from Maine, from Massachusetts, from Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, from Massachusetts again, and […]

Local Institutions

There’s Hope for Local Journalism

Everyone knows that local newspapers are in trouble. That’s why Deb Fallows and I have been chronicling examples of smaller papers that have bucked the economic trend—in Mississippi, in coastal Maine, in rural communities across the country. But what “everyone knows” about the main source of the problem may be wrong—or misleading enough to divert attention away from a […]

Economic & Business Development

‘Local, Local, Local’:

How a Small Newspaper Survives

Parks, Rec & Fun

A Good Start

Bobby's Story


American Futures Updates, from MS to AZ to CA

NPR conveys the sound of an innovative school in Mississippi, plus other news from the road


California’s Improbable Navel-Orange Queen

Eliza Tibbets was a suffragist, abolitionist, and spiritualist—and the mother of California's orange industry.


Ajo, Arizona: Oasis in the Desert

How a city with century-old "good bones" tries to reinvent itself.