About the Project

Our Focus

The focus of creating this website and the content was to learn and discover more about a couple of Mississippi’s greatest challenges, which are food insecurity and health-related issues. Through their investigations, the students uncovered stories about farmer’s markets trying to bridge the gap of food insecurity, farmers trying to make a living off sustainable gardening, people struggling to find healthy food because of a lack of a grocery store nearby, and locals trying to stay fit in one of the most unhealthy counties. Through these four stories, we see the challenges Mississippians face, but we also learn of the courage and strength of people trying to change things for the better, one step at a time.

Meet Our Faculty and Students

We are a group of students from the University of Mississippi studying journalism. Guided by our professors, Dr. Debora R. Wenger and Dr. Iveta Imre, we have spent the Spring 2020 semester crafting these stories. Along the way, we have also learned important skills, especially how to collaborate and work with multimedia tools.

Abby Vance Thompson

lead designer

Abby Thompson is a journalism graduate student at the University of Mississippi. She enjoys writing, editing, substitute teaching, going for walks, and spending time with her husband and family. After her Masters degree, she plans to teach at a community college and do feature writing for local newspapers.

Allen Brewer

programmer

Allen Brewer is a journalism graduate student at the University of Mississippi. He is a freelance writer and photographer for The Oxford Eagle and The Panolian, and he enjoys reading. One day, he hopes to travel around the world and write a book about it.

DeAndria Turner

DeAndria Turner is a senior journalism student at the University of Mississippi. She’s also a weekend reporter at a local CBS affiliate, and enjoys binge-watching the newest TV series in her free time. Post-graduation, she will continue her career on-air as a Multimedia Journalist/Reporter in Huntsville, AL.

Lucy Burnam

Lucy Burnam is a journalism graduate student at the University of Mississippi. She’s a photographer, videographer, journalist, and enjoys writing fiction in her free time. In the future, she hopes to work for National Geographic.

Dr. Deb Wenger is an assistant dean in the School of Journalism & New Media at the University of Mississippi. She teaches video and multimedia storytelling and loves helping students engage with real audiences on important topics.

Iveta Imre

Dr. Iveta Imre is an assistant professor at the School of Journalism & New Media at the University of Mississippi. She teaches classes in television news, multimedia reporting and video production. She enjoys learning about new media technologies and working with students on innovative storytelling projects.

Tucker Robbins

Tucker Robbins is a journalism graduate student and the University of Mississippi. He is a photographer/videographer with a passion for fitness and the arts. In his spare time, he enjoys CrossFit and dancing with Ole Miss Student Dance.