The author, Michael Clay Carey, worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for ten years before becoming a journalism professor at Samford University in Birmingham. This book zonks in on three small Appalachian communities with local newspapers to examine not only how the newspapers both covered and ignored regional poverty but also how local residents responded. The final appendix provides suggestions for local journalists. “A compassionate and thoughtful exploration of an important topic. Carey draws on his skills as a journalist to create an intimate portrait of these three communities, while using his training as a scholar and social scientist to give us a rigorously researched book.” – John Hatcher.
Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2017. 242 pages with an Index, Bibliography and Notes. Trade paperback