Appalachia — a view from NPR

Anybody else catch the bits and pieces of “A view from Appalachia” on NPR Morning Edition today? I wasn’t up early enough for the 7:15 live Facebook chat, but will post a link to the replay.

https://www.facebook.com/nprmorningedition/

Steve Inskeep co-anchored from a Knoxville restaurant, had interviews with the city’s mayor and a Berea College Appalachian Studies prof, plus a pre-recorded story segment from a Bristol (Va./Tenn.) pawn shop, and others with Tennessee’s governor, with a former Kentucky coal-miner who now makes Dixie Cups, with the promoter of the Bonnaroo music festival, with some folks trying to build new businesses in mountain communities like Damascus, Va., and with an unwed mother (also in Kentucky) who hopes joining the military will lead to a career in law enforcement, but not in her meth-afflicted hometown. Music by Knoxville’s Black Lillies, and R.B. Morris.

The program also was promoted in advance and during the morning from multiple Twitter feeds, including photos shot during Inskeep’s travels earlier in the week:

Twitter.com/@NPRGenListen

Twitter.com/@NPRinskeep

Twitter.com/@MorningEdition

Twitter.com/@WUOTFM

Placeholder Web pages were posted at 5 a.m., and by afternoon had streaming audio players. Eventually transcriptions were added.
http://www.npr.org/2016/04/21/475079053/in-economic-troubled-appalachia-which-presidential-candidates-are-favored

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/21/475079123/a-view-from-appalachia-knoxville

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/21/475079074/a-view-from-appalachia-whitesburg-kentucky
http://www.npr.org/2016/04/21/475079088/many-music-fans-discover-the-rich-and-complex-heritage-of-the-south

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/21/474970312/the-appalachian-inspiration-of-the-black-Lillies

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/21/475026247/for-tenn-gov-weighing-therapist-religious-objection-bill-its-all-about-values

All in all, it was an impressive commitment to making ambitious use of many available online media tools.

Shuffling together the geological “Appalachia” (including mountains as far as New York) with the cultural, historic and economic Southern Appalachian region in an overview probably didn’t help matters.

But I was most disappointed that West Virginia Public Radio wasn’t involved, rather than Knoxville, which was a bridge to Tennessee’s governor for an only loosely related interview story.

As a supplement,  I recommend the “Inside Appalachia” radio shows,  available as a podcast:

http://wvpublic.org/programs/inside-appalachia

 

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

Posted in 2016, Appalachia, Government, News, NPR, radio, Tennessee, Virginia

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