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How Stacy Kranitz Avoided Stereotypes in her Series on Appalachia

August 1, 2016

By David Walker


One of Stacy Kranitz’s five stories on Appalachia focused on environmental activists’ efforts to fight the coal industry. 

Photojournalists have to tread carefully in Appalachia (as we discovered in our 2014 coverage of photographer Peter van Agtmael’s six-day assignment in the region). National media have sensationalized the region’s poverty for decades, and Appalachians have come to resent the stereotyping by outsiders, and the staring. Enter Vice. The magazine and its website have a reputation for a sensationalist, click-bait...

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