Why We Invested
Appalachia’s and small American community stories are rich and complex. The 100 Days of Appalachia project is supported by the West Virginia University Media Innovation Center, who embraces an open-door collaborative innovation philosophy. 100 Days is an example of how universities and media partners can find ways to tell stories that are more meaningful to the communities they serve through reporting. They all also have a commitment to diversity and exploring untold stories by unlikely storytellers.
We believe every community should have the access, tools, and skills to shape its own story, identity, and future. Democracy Fund is proud to support this important work in a time where news that better engages and is more meaningful to local communities is sorely needed.