100 Days in Appalachia launched after the 2016 as pundits were trying to understand what had happened and in the process painted the region with a broad brush. 100 Days works to dispel myths about the region via stories produced by folks who report and live in the region.
What’s great about 100 Days in Appalachia is they’ve built relationships with freelancers in the Appalachian region (full disclosure: myself included) and supported their reporting in myriad ways. I like this story from Mason Adams, who recently became co-host of the Inside Appalachia podcast for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Adams is a freelance writer living in Southwest Virginia and covering the area from the ground up. Stellar work for Politico Magazine, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Daily Yonder, Vice, 100 Days in Appalachia, Blue Ridge Outdoors, All About Beer and elsewhere.
He’s done some solid reporting on rural hospitals and, especially, folks protesting the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
In “Education, Automation and Migrant Workers” Adams takes a close look at the economy of one Appalachian County in northeast Georgia—in particular, the link between education and sustainable careers—as part of a three-part series called Disrupted that examines the future of work in Appalachia.