Ecology + Justice + Culture in the American South

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Southerly worked with two local reporters in Eastern Kentucky to host a community event about media coverage.

Southerly produces in-depth, impactful journalism, but our broader mission is to build a stronger media ecosystem in the Southern U.S. — particularly around environmental reporting. We value working with local news outlets (print, radio, and television) as well as other regional outlets to tell important stories and reach rural and underserved communities.

We collaborate with local newsrooms on reporting projects and community events. We offer stories to news outlets that may not otherwise have the resources to report in-depth stories about these issues, so we can reach rural and underserved communities that need this information. We partner with national outlets to offer more nuance and expertise about the South and help avoid parachute reporting. 

We launched Southerly with a series of four stories in collaboration with The Montgomery Advertiser on health risks related to failing wastewater infrastructure in rural Alabama, then hosted a community event in the rural county the story was about. We’ve partnered with outlets in Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Georgia to tell all kinds of stories about communities in this region.

Do you have a story idea or project you’d like to collaborate on? Are you interested in the idea? Email editor-in-chief Lyndsey Gilpin at with details and/or questions. We’d love to talk about working together.