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Institute for Southern Studies

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The Institute for Southern Studies is a non-profit media and research center based in Durham, North Carolina, which advocates for progressive political and social causes in the Southern United States. The Institute published the journal Southern Exposure from 1973 to 2011 and currently publishes Facing South, an online magazine and newsletter.

Institute for Southern Studies
Formation1970
TypeNon-profit research, education and media center
HeadquartersDurham, North Carolina, USA
Official language
English
Executive Director
Chris Kromm
Key people
Eric Bates, Julian Bond, Michael De Los Santos, Ajamu Dillahunt, Bob Hall, Fiona Morgan, on Nixon, Howard Romaine, Pam Spaulding, Sue Sturgis, Kerry Taylor, Sue Thrasher, Timothy Tyson
Websitehttp://www.southernstudies.org

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The Institute was founded in 1970 by veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, including Julian Bond, a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Howard Romaine and Sue Thrasher, veterans of the Southern Student Organizing Committee. The founders believed a research and education institute was needed to help continue the momentum of 1960s movements for equality and justice, while moving into new areas such as labor rights, environmental protection and democratic reform.

In 1973, the Institute began publishing Southern Exposure, a journal that became known for its investigative reporting into Southern power-brokers and its oral histories of Southerners involved in social change movements.

In 2000, the Institute began publishing an email newsletter called Facing South. The newsletter highlights important news stories in the South and typically also includes a piece of progressive political analysis, as well as "The Institute Index," statistics on a particular issue or theme.

In 2005, the Institute launched an online blog, also called Facing South, which is now an online magazine.

Since 2000, the Institute's executive director has been Chris Kromm, who has worked in the South as a journalist and public interest advocate since 1992. Current staff also include Sue Sturgis, Editorial Director; Benjamin Barber, Research Associate; Olivia Paschal, Investigative Reporter; Rebekah Barber, Editorial Fellow; and Elisha Brown, Julian Bond Fellow.

The Institute's research and outreach programs have focused on a broad range of issues, including economic justice, civil rights, environmental protection and democratic reform. Institute initiatives have included

  • Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch, a project tracking the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina;
  • the Peace and Security Program, which has examined the South's disproportionate ties to the military and the Iraq War; and,
  • the Environment and Energy Reporting Project, launched in 2008, which examines the political and economic influence of the energy industry in the South.

Between 2000 and 2011, the Institute has also focused on the subject of voting rights in the South, especially the political participation of African-Americans and other historically disenfranchised groups. The Institute's Voting Rights Watch project has publicized such issues as the cost of voter ID laws, barriers to student voting and voter registration "purges" that have prevented citizens from voting.

Current research and education programs include the 2010 Census and Redistricting Project, the Energy and Environment Reporting Project, and the Freedom Journalism School, a new program to train Southern bloggers and new media journalists in how to conduct investigative reporting and public interest journalism.

In 1973, the Institute began publishing Southern Exposure, a journal covering a broad range of political and cultural issues, with a special emphasis on investigative journalism and oral history.

Southern Exposure has been recognized with numerous major journalism awards, including two George Polk Awards (Magazine Reporting and Regional Reporting), a National Magazine Award (Public Interest Reporting), the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism, and awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the White House Correspondents' Association.

Notable authors who have contributed to Southern Exposure include Julian Bond, Anne Braden, Denise Giardina, Jim Hightower, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Stetson Kennedy, Mab Segrest, Lee Smith, Studs Terkel and Alice Walker. Southern Exposure published quarterly from 1973–2000 and 2002–2005.

In 2003/2004, Southern Exposure published "Banking on Misery," an award-winning investigative series that was one of the first in-depth reports on the growing predatory lending crisis, especially the leading role of Citigroup in predatory banking practices. The Columbia Journalism Review later credited Southern Exposure with breaking the story about Citigroup's dependence on subprime lending (three out of four loans originating from Citigroup in 2000 were from its subprime unit, Southern Exposure reported) and foreshadowing the 2007/2008 home credit crisis.

After a two-year hiatus, Southern Exposure resumed publication in 2011 with an issue about the health crisis facing Gulf Coast communities in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The most recent issue was published in 2012.

Since 2000, the Institute has published a regular email newsletter, Facing South, named after a syndicated newspaper column published by the Institute during the Southern Exposure years. In 2005, the Institute began a daily blog, also called Facing South, which covers a wide range of political and social issues. Facing South is now an online magazine with weekly content that includes political analysis, and investigative journalism. Regular contributors include Chris Kromm, executive director of the Institute, Sue Sturgis, Facing South's editorial director and a former reporter for The News & Observer (Raleigh) and The Independent Weekly, Benjamin Barber, Rebekah Barber, Olivia Paschal, Billy Corriher, and Elisha Brown.

In April/May 2008, Facing South drew widespread attention for breaking the story about illegal and allegedly deceptive election practices by Women's Voices Women Vote, a non-profit group in Washington, D.C. with close ties to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Media coverage resulting from Facing South's investigative report appeared on ABC News, The Charlotte Observer, CNN, The Economist, Harper's Magazine, Politico, Salon, TPM Muckraker, The Washington Post, Wired, and dozens of other major outlets. Women's Voices Women Vote settled with the state of North Carolina in October 2008 and agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for not complying with state law. Facing South has also published investigations into conservative megadonor Art Pope, the BP Oil Spill, and poultry industry workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facing South now averages a readership of over 40,000 visitors a month.

  1. http://www.southernstudies.org/2011/02/report-voter-id-law-unaffordable-for-north-carolina.html
  2. Dean Starkman, "Tale of Two Citis," Columbia Journalism Review, October 3, 2007
  3. "Facing South".
  4. Dan Mitchell, "Going South," The New York Times, June 18, 2005
  5. Katrina vanden Heuvel, "Facing South," The Nation, February 23, 2005
  6. Sarah Lai Stirland, "Women’s Group Pays $100,000 Fine For N.C. Robocalls," Wired, October 21, 2008
  7. "Women's Group Pays $100,000 Fine for N.C. Robocalls". Wired.
  8. "Investigative Series: How Pope Reigns". Facing South. 2011-01-14. Retrieved2021-07-07.
  9. "Investigative Series: Poisoned in the Gulf". Facing South. 2011-05-16. Retrieved2021-07-07.
  10. "POULTRY & PANDEMIC: Meat industry workers and COVID-19". Facing South. 2021-01-04. Retrieved2021-07-07.

Institute for Southern Studies
Institute for Southern Studies Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Southern Exposure magazine This article is about the institute at North Carolina which is not to be confused with the institute of the same name at the University of South Carolina or the Southern Studies Institute at Northwestern State University Louisiana This article contains content that is written like an advertisement Please help improve it by removing promotional content and inappropriate external links and by adding encyclopedic content written from a neutral point of view February 2019 Learn how and when to remove this template message The Institute for Southern Studies is a non profit media and research center based in Durham North Carolina which advocates for progressive political and social causes in the Southern United States The Institute published the journal Southern Exposure from 1973 to 2011 and currently publishes Facing South an online magazine and newsletter Institute for Southern StudiesFormation1970TypeNon profit research education and media centerHeadquartersDurham North Carolina USAOfficial languageEnglishExecutive DirectorChris KrommKey peopleEric Bates Julian Bond Michael De Los Santos Ajamu Dillahunt Bob Hall Fiona Morgan on Nixon Howard Romaine Pam Spaulding Sue Sturgis Kerry Taylor Sue Thrasher Timothy TysonWebsitehttp www southernstudies org Contents 1 History and background 2 Research and education programs 3 Southern Exposure 4 Facing South online magazine and newsletter 5 References 6 External linksHistory and background EditThe Institute was founded in 1970 by veterans of the Civil Rights Movement including Julian Bond a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Howard Romaine and Sue Thrasher veterans of the Southern Student Organizing Committee The founders believed a research and education institute was needed to help continue the momentum of 1960s movements for equality and justice while moving into new areas such as labor rights environmental protection and democratic reform In 1973 the Institute began publishing Southern Exposure a journal that became known for its investigative reporting into Southern power brokers and its oral histories of Southerners involved in social change movements In 2000 the Institute began publishing an email newsletter called Facing South The newsletter highlights important news stories in the South and typically also includes a piece of progressive political analysis as well as The Institute Index statistics on a particular issue or theme In 2005 the Institute launched an online blog also called Facing South which is now an online magazine Since 2000 the Institute s executive director has been Chris Kromm who has worked in the South as a journalist and public interest advocate since 1992 Current staff also include Sue Sturgis Editorial Director Benjamin Barber Research Associate Olivia Paschal Investigative Reporter Rebekah Barber Editorial Fellow and Elisha Brown Julian Bond Fellow Research and education programs EditThe Institute s research and outreach programs have focused on a broad range of issues including economic justice civil rights environmental protection and democratic reform Institute initiatives have included Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch a project tracking the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the Peace and Security Program which has examined the South s disproportionate ties to the military and the Iraq War and the Environment and Energy Reporting Project launched in 2008 which examines the political and economic influence of the energy industry in the South Between 2000 and 2011 the Institute has also focused on the subject of voting rights in the South especially the political participation of African Americans and other historically disenfranchised groups The Institute s Voting Rights Watch project has publicized such issues as the cost of voter ID laws 1 barriers to student voting and voter registration purges that have prevented citizens from voting Current research and education programs include the 2010 Census and Redistricting Project the Energy and Environment Reporting Project and the Freedom Journalism School a new program to train Southern bloggers and new media journalists in how to conduct investigative reporting and public interest journalism Southern Exposure EditIn 1973 the Institute began publishing Southern Exposure a journal covering a broad range of political and cultural issues with a special emphasis on investigative journalism and oral history Southern Exposure has been recognized with numerous major journalism awards including two George Polk Awards Magazine Reporting and Regional Reporting a National Magazine Award Public Interest Reporting the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism and awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors the National Press Club the Society of Professional Journalists and the White House Correspondents Association Notable authors who have contributed to Southern Exposure include Julian Bond Anne Braden Denise Giardina Jim Hightower Bernice Johnson Reagon Stetson Kennedy Mab Segrest Lee Smith Studs Terkel and Alice Walker Southern Exposure published quarterly from 1973 2000 and 2002 2005 In 2003 2004 Southern Exposure published Banking on Misery an award winning investigative series that was one of the first in depth reports on the growing predatory lending crisis especially the leading role of Citigroup in predatory banking practices The Columbia Journalism Review later credited Southern Exposure with breaking the story about Citigroup s dependence on subprime lending three out of four loans originating from Citigroup in 2000 were from its subprime unit Southern Exposure reported and foreshadowing the 2007 2008 home credit crisis 2 After a two year hiatus Southern Exposure resumed publication in 2011 with an issue about the health crisis facing Gulf Coast communities in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill The most recent issue was published in 2012 Facing South online magazine and newsletter EditSince 2000 the Institute has published a regular email newsletter Facing South named after a syndicated newspaper column published by the Institute during the Southern Exposure years In 2005 the Institute began a daily blog also called Facing South 3 which covers a wide range of political and social issues 4 5 Facing South is now an online magazine with weekly content that includes political analysis and investigative journalism Regular contributors include Chris Kromm executive director of the Institute Sue Sturgis Facing South s editorial director and a former reporter for The News amp Observer Raleigh and The Independent Weekly Benjamin Barber Rebekah Barber Olivia Paschal Billy Corriher and Elisha Brown In April May 2008 Facing South drew widespread attention for breaking the story about illegal and allegedly deceptive election practices by Women s Voices Women Vote a non profit group in Washington D C with close ties to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton Media coverage resulting from Facing South s investigative report appeared on ABC News The Charlotte Observer CNN The Economist Harper s Magazine Politico Salon TPM Muckraker The Washington Post Wired and dozens of other major outlets Women s Voices Women Vote settled with the state of North Carolina in October 2008 and agreed to pay a 100 000 fine for not complying with state law 6 7 Facing South has also published investigations into conservative megadonor Art Pope 8 the BP Oil Spill 9 and poultry industry workers during the COVID 19 pandemic 10 Facing South now averages a readership of over 40 000 visitors a month References Edit http www southernstudies org 2011 02 report voter id law unaffordable for north carolina html Dean Starkman Tale of Two Citis Columbia Journalism Review October 3 2007 Facing South Dan Mitchell Going South The New York Times June 18 2005 Katrina vanden Heuvel Facing South The Nation February 23 2005 Sarah Lai Stirland Women s Group Pays 100 000 Fine For N C Robocalls Wired October 21 2008 Women s Group Pays 100 000 Fine for N C Robocalls Wired Investigative Series How Pope Reigns Facing South 2011 01 14 Retrieved 2021 07 07 Investigative Series Poisoned in the Gulf Facing South 2011 05 16 Retrieved 2021 07 07 POULTRY amp PANDEMIC Meat industry workers and COVID 19 Facing South 2021 01 04 Retrieved 2021 07 07 External links EditInstitute for Southern Studies official website Facing South Institute online magazine ArtPopeExposed com special investigative project Civil Rights Greensboro Institute for Southern Studies Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Institute for Southern Studies amp oldid 1039782285 Southern Exposure, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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