100 Days in Appalachia

Appalachia Matters.

Our story is complex and deserves to be heard.

Whose Appalachia? Your Appalachia.

We write the true stories of Appalachia.

We believe the story of Appalachia reflects the story of our country. We’re here to amplify the region’s diverse voices, celebrate our successes, investigate our failures and empower our communities.

We are unapologetic and steadfast in our mission.

The national media has failed Appalachia. They have exploited our struggles, dividing our nation. We are more alike than different. And there is a hopeful story about Appalachia that’s not being told.

We live here.

Our team lives and works in the heart of Central Appalachia, spread throughout the 13 states that make up the region. By being able to talk to people face to face, we get the story right.

We don’t compete– we collaborate. 

We work with other news organizations to report stories and we elevate the great work of others. What’s best for the region is more than what we can do alone. Because after all, we’re all in this together.  

If you are a media outlet and want to collaborate or share content, contact us at [email protected].

If you would like to contribute to our publication, pitch us here.

How We’re Supported:

100 Days in Appalachia’s home is the West Virginia University Reed College of Media’s Media Innovation Center, but the university does not have a say in what we publish. Our founding partners are West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Daily Yonder, of The Center for Rural Strategies, headquartered in Eastern Kentucky. 

100 Days in Appalachia subscribes to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

We are currently sustained by foundation and private support.

We are deeply committed to community-based, nonprofit journalism and investing in work created by Appalachian writers, reporters and visual journalists. The support of philanthropic and private donors has supported that mission.

100 Days in Appalachia is currently partnered with GroundTruth (Report for America) to support our regional coverage, and donations to 100 Days can be made here. All donations go entirely to 100 Days in Appalachia.

Our funders to date include:

  • Democracy Fund
  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • The Ford Foundation
  • The Park Foundation
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The One Foundation
  • Wyncote Foundation
  • The GroundTruth Project through the Report for America program
  • Facebook Journalism Project Community Network – in partnership with the Lenfest Institute for Journalism
  • Google News Initiative
  • The McClatchy Company
  • Bob Kittle – in support of a DC Correspondent and “Appalachia on the Hill”
  • Alexis and Jim Pugh – in support of Health and Environmental reporting

Follow along with 100 Days in Appalachia on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and through our newsletter. Meet our staff here. If you are interested in contributing reporting, please be sure to see our call for pitches. If you are interested in collaborating or supporting the project, we hope to hear from you at [email protected]