On Democracy Day, newsrooms unite for pro-democracy coverage

BY: - September 15, 2023

It’s no secret: U.S. democracy is under serious threat. Politicians use rigged maps to entrench themselves in power, allowing them to ignore the will of voters. Hundreds of members of Congress, state lawmakers, and top state officials — including chief elections officials — deny the results of the last presidential contest. And a leading candidate […]

A far away view of West Virginia's state Capitol building, with the gold dome in front of mountains filled with green trees.

Behind the scenes: Vol. 1

BY: - July 18, 2023

After years of getting phone calls and reading angry Facebook posts, I’ve learned that people who have never worked in news don’t understand the reasoning behind a lot of decisions, like cutting a comic strip or why the lottery numbers might not be in the next day’s paper. But honestly, all jobs are like that. […]

Four women, journalists Caity Coyne, Amelia Ferrell Knisely, Lori Kersey and Leann Ray, stand in front of a mural made up of different shades of green.

Welcome to West Virginia Watch: An independent daily newsroom holding those in power accountable 

BY: - July 11, 2023

I grew up in a house that watched and read the news daily. We were a Charleston Daily Mail house — not because my family preferred the right-leaning editorial page, but because it was the afternoon paper, and my dad thought that meant it published the latest news. On Sundays, I would grab the comics […]