Writing the South: Lyndsey Gilpin on reporting authentically about communities and their environment
The South faces vast and complex ecological challenges due to climate change: heatwaves, more frequent and intense storms and flooding. At the same time, much of the region is weathering big economic shifts as the U.S. decreases dependence on fossil fuels. The fastest urbanizing region in the U.S. remains home to some of the most economically distressed rural communities. Too often national news outlets distort this region, which is the birthplace of the environmental justice movement, as backwards. As local newsrooms shrink and all news outlets struggle with public distrust, who will tell these important stories well?
Join the Hart Leadership Program and DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy for an engaging conversation with Lyndsey Gilpin, founder of Southerly. Independent and nonprofit, the news site covers the intersection of ecology, justice and culture in the American South. In addition to publishing in-depth journalism, Southerly hosts forums in rural and underserved communities to learn what issues people want to see covered. Born and raised in Kentucky and now based in Durham, Gilpin is a reporter and editor who has covered climate change, energy, and environmental justice all over the U.S. She has published in Harper's, Vice, The Daily Beast, CityLab, Undark, High Country News, FiveThirtyEight, The Washington Post, Hakai, The Atlantic, Grist, Outside, and InsideClimate News.
Food will be provided.