The Power of a Pamphlet: There’s a Lot Happening Environmentally in the State

From CJR’s The Media Today by Karen Maniraho headlined “The power of a pamphlet”:

In 2020, Sarah Wade moved to Bristol, Tennessee, to work at the Bristol Herald Courier, a small newspaper whose recent accolades included a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a Scripps Howard Award for Community Journalism. “I was kinda blown away by how much they did,” Wade said. Plus: “There’s a lot happening environmentally in the state.” The Herald Courier’s coverage zone included Bristol, Virginia, which meets its sister city’s border at a sign that proclaims each Bristol “a good place to live.” Soon, however, Wade began hearing complaints about a landfill just a few miles from the sign. The landfill had a stench that reached residents in both cities—“slipping through fences,” she wrote, “wandering across yards and fields, finding its way into houses through chinks in windows and doors.”