Media

Who's watching state lawmakers?   |   July 10, 2014
It's no secret that, with the decline in newspapers and other traditional "legacy" media, the number of statehouse reporters -- those assigned to cover news in...

 

Debunking Gov. McCrory's misleading coal ash claims   |   June 26, 2014
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) gave an interview to WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jessica Jones last week in which he discussed coal ash, a topic high on the legislative agenda...

 

Bill Moyers examines NC's 'State of Conflict'   |   January 2, 2014
2013 proved to be a tumultuous year in North Carolina politics, and a leading journalist's TV show will examine the battles underway in a documentary that will begin airing...

 

From the Southern Exposure Archives: With the People   |   January 18, 2013
Interview with James Orange by Bob Hall This year marks the 40th anniversary of Southern Exposure, the print magazine published by the Institute for Southern Studies, the...

 

Want to be an election watchdog? (updated)   |   October 3, 2012
Calling all bloggers, reporters and other media types: Do you want to write or report on the 2012 elections? Do you want to learn more about key election issues like voting rights...

 

Firings at Alabama Public Television highlight state attacks on public media   |   June 14, 2012
This week, the board of the Alabama Educational Television Commission came out of an executive session and made a surprise announcement: Alabama Public Television veteran...

 

Transparency project aims to keep Appalachia honest   |   January 12, 2012
A new project aims to shine a light on corporate and government wrongdoing in Appalachia while helping to start similar transparency initiatives in other communities. Honest...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #4: Who's attacking climate scientists?   |   December 22, 2011
Facing South has long reported on the corporate-funded public-relations campaign aimed at sowing doubt and confusion about the scientific consensus around manmade global warming...

 

Let's do this! (updated 12am)   |   December 21, 2011
Here's one of the things I love most about Facing South readers: You get the job done. Last Friday, I asked you to help us raise $7,000 for the Institute Investigative Fund...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #5: The New War on Voting   |   December 21, 2011
It was one of the biggest disconnects in politics this year: After campaigning for months on the need for jobs and boosting the economy, lawmakers across the South and country...

 

Have you chipped in to Facing South's holiday fundraiser yet?   |   December 20, 2011
Wow -- thank you! Last Friday, we asked you to chip in to Facing South's Holiday Fundraiser. Our goal: $7,000 for fearless investigative media and a voice for change in the...

 

How to expose a $40 million secret   |   December 16, 2011
If you spent $40 million to buy political influence, could you keep it a secret? Art Pope tried to do just that. That's how much the North Carolina retain tycoon spent to...

 

VOICES: Where's the passion and the justice in CNN's Blair Mountain documentary?   |   August 12, 2011
By Joe Atkins, Labor South H.L. Mencken, the "sage of Baltimore" and old-school curmudgeon of journalism, once had this to say about journalistic objectivity: "I've been a...

 

Carolina Public Press launches new source for in-depth, investigative journalism in NC mountains   |   March 3, 2011
We all know the story: Newspapers and other "legacy media" have slashed their reporting budgets. More and more, blogs and social media are where people turn to find out what's...

 

YOU are the answer   |   December 23, 2010
Let's play a little Facing South Jeopardy. Here's the answer: YOU. Now -- can you guess the question? If you said, "How is Facing South going to reach its holiday fundraising goal...

 

Help Facing South watchdog the 2010 elections!   |   October 27, 2010
The right to vote. Free and fair elections. Every person having a say. Growing up, this is probably what you learned democracy is all about. And millions of people -- like the...

 

Chris and Sue on WUNC 91.5's The State of Things today   |   July 15, 2010
As Facing South readers know, Sue Sturgis and I have led two major public interest journalism projects in recent months: Our investigative series on the growing problem of coal...

 

Feds revamp controversial media rules for BP oil disaster coverage   |   July 13, 2010
The U.S. Coast Guard has announced new procedures for the media to access federally imposed safety zones set up around the BP oil spill. National Incident Commander Admiral Thad...

 

Cameras not allowed in Alabama wildlife refuge affected by oil spill (video)   |   July 7, 2010
The latest video from the BP oil disaster by Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen of Alabama shows the difficulties reporters and others face in trying to document the effects of the...

 

Obama v Bush: Who has a better record in using foreign disaster aid?   |   July 6, 2010
In attacking President Obama's response to the BP oil spill, Republicans and conservatives are echoing a criticism made of President Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina: That he'...

 

Send me and Sue to investigate the Gulf next week   |   June 15, 2010
Dear Facing South reader -- I'm writing to ask for your help today. As you know, the BP oil spill is one of our country's biggest disasters ever -- and for many on the Gulf Coast...

 

The 15 newspapers that said, "What health care reform?"   |   March 24, 2010
Democrats called it "historic," Republicans called it "armageddon," and Vice President Biden was caught whispering to President Obama that, in his estimation,...

 

Facing South, sent straight to you   |   May 12, 2006
Every two to three weeks, the Institute puts out a newsletter -- also called "Facing South" -- that offers a unique roundup of key news and trends from the South,...

 

Roundup of Facing South May Day coverage   |   May 2, 2006
Several have asked for links to all the installments of our ongoing coverage of the May Day "Day Without Immigrants" events in the South: May Day: The Great Boycott...

 

Institute Index: Taxing Times   |   April 18, 2006
Latest stats from our Facing South newsletter (you can sign up using the box to the right): Percent of citizens making less than $25,000 a year audited by the IRS in 2005: 8.8...