A Nonprofit Digs Deeper into News Online
Six years out of college, Sarah Vogelsong made $11 an hour when she landed her first newspaper job at the Caroline Progress in 2014. The minimum wage in the Commonwealth was $7.25 at that time. She left in 2016, two years before the paper closed.
Magic and Miracles
The connection between Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and daoism.
As Newspapers Struggle, Local News is Harder to Find in Virginia
By Christopher Connell for Foothills Forum It is, unfortunately, old news. Virginia’s newspapers, the single biggest source of local news, face unprecedented challenges, with their readers, revenues and staffs steadily …
Are you setting yourself up to age well?
Savannah Baber Named New Coordinator for Virginia Indian Programs
Charlottesville—Virginia Humanities announced today that Savannah Baber is serving as the new Coordinator for Virginia Indian Programs. The position, established in 2007, is responsible for working with tribal nations throughout …
Home Is the Sound of Rivers and Crooked Roads
Elsa Howell, who is learning the art of Appalachian ballad singing through our Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, reflects on the important role music plays in her culture and community.
Virginia Local News Summit
Over two days in April 2023, leaders in journalism, academia, public policy, business, and the humanities offered diverse perspectives on how to sustain robust local journalism.
Polar bears are no one’s prey. Except for climate change itself.
Joshua Purnell & Tom Norris
For dancer Joshua Purnell and his apprentice Tom Norris, blues dancing is a means to build and maintain community in their hometown of Norfolk.
Five Questions with Katy Gehred
This spring, Katy Gehred joined our team as the new media editor for Encyclopedia Virginia. We caught up with her to talk about her new job, why she chose to study women’s history, and to find out more about the history podcast that she runs in her spare time.
2023 Annual Members Project Rivanna Reconnaissance
As a result of profound climate change, newly revealed archaeological and paleontological finds are surfacing along the banks of the Rivanna River. We are creating a scientific field journal cataloging these incidences in a fictional case study. Lost treasures unearthed, lost landscapes exposed, lost life forms revealed or revived, lost memories recovered – we are moved by these unexpected finds. Our fictional field journal will contain many examples of these newly uncovered discoveries.
Food for Thought
We all remember what it was like entering the social battleground known as the school cafeteria. Aside from the usual cliques, there were two types of students: those who brought their lunch and those who bought their lunch. Marcus Weaver-Hightower says public schools should offer free lunches to all students.
Raceway Ministries Continues Serving Race Fans
Founded in 1992, Bristol Raceway Ministries is a church-led effort to organize services for spectators at the Bristol Motor Speedway. “We get to experience every aspect of life here at the track,” says volunteer Bobby Branch.
A Small-Town Success Story
Anne Adams publishes The Recorder in Monterey, Virginia, where local news is paramount. “I only get into state and national coverage when it affects my folks here,” Adams says.