Be a High Ground Hero

Now is the time for more local journalism, not less. 

Be a High Ground Hero and help us continue our critical work.

Journalism is facing a devastating, industry-wide decline in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. High Ground is not exempt. 

Our content has always been free, and that isn’t going to change. What’s at risk are the number of stories we can deliver each week and the number of local journalists we can keep in the field. So for the first time, we’re asking for your individual support. 

No matter the amount, you will make a difference. 

COVID-19 has laid bare the vulnerability of many Memphians—low-income workers, students, seniors, small businesses owners. As we move from emergency to recovery, the city deserves journalists who can report with nuance and care. It needs journalists who ask the bigger questions. 

These are the stories High Ground has centered since 2014. This is our time to shine.

We’re confident we’ll rebound by late summer if you will help us weather this short-term storm.

If you’re able, we are personally asking you to please support High Ground News and keep our local reporting strong in these challenging times. Every dollar you give will stay in Memphis. 

You can also support High Ground by encouraging others to subscribe to our e-edition and sharing this Be a High Ground Hero one-month giving campaign with your friends and family.

Thank you!

Emily Trenholm, Publisher 
Cole Bradley, Managing Editor 


What Type of Coverage Will You Support? 

Here are some recent High Ground highlights:

Memphis Area COVID19 Resource Guide 
Experts fear COVID19 could widen Memphis literacy divides 
How three local gyms are helping people stay fit from home 
Tonya Dysons Kickspins is a piece of Soulsville in The Edge 
In food deserts COVID related restaurant closures are especially devastating 

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Our Team, Your Neighbors

Our freelance team members are part-time, majority women, and majority black. 

We’re led by seasoned reporters and photojournalists but also have writers without a formal journalism background. Our team includes two teachers, a librarian, and several small-business owners. Our Community Correspondents are average Memphian who trained with us for six intensive weeks to learn neighborhood-based reporting.

These are your neighbors, co-workers, family members, and friends.  They write for High Ground because they’re passionate about Memphis. 

Your donation will put dollars in their pockets.


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  • Catherine Pena
    • $50 
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  • Anonymous
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  • Bill Rehberg
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team (2)

Issue Media Group
Raised $1,211 from 4 donations
Memphis, TN
Cole Bradley
Team member
Raised $1,350 from 26 donations
This team raised $3,848 from 40 other donations.

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