Since the 2016 election, 100 Days in Appalachia has been working with local voices to apply a cultural lens to national stories about the the Appalachian region. The 100 Days team’s reporting, which covers 13 states, earned it a 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award.
Although 100 Days originated as a university-incubated collaborative media project, the newsroom recognized it needed to identify new streams of revenue beyond grants in order to become fully self-sustaining.
Editor In Chief Dana Coester and Executive Editor Ashton Marra recently wrote a report for Better News on how 100 Days began experimenting with reader revenue and community membership to move beyond philanthropy. Read the Report.
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