Population: Elsie

With Elsie Eiler as its lone resident, Monowi, Neb., is the smallest municipality in the United States. That distinction has drawn dozens of journalists and television crews from all over the country to the northern Nebraska town in the last decade, each seeking, in one way or another, the spectacle of the one-woman town.

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This Bond Unbroken

This Bond Unbroken explores one of America’s largest internal migrations, a mid-20th century movement that saw three million people leave Appalachia between 1940 and 1970, and its lasting implications. Eastern Kentucky was acutely impacted in particular, losing nearly 35 percent of its population in the 1950s alone. The mass exodus, once known as the “Hillbilly Highway,” shaped and continues to shape part of the cultural identity of mountain residents.

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Smalltown Landscapes

John Tully spent his youth moving from town-to-town, with only a passing glance at what it might mean to be from there. That concept has been a repeating theme in his life as a journalist, one he closely examines in this thoughtful photo series and essay.

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Disappearing Breed

IN PROGRESS: In this preview, Allison Hess explores the historical and quickly-disappearing ranch land outside of ever-expanding Houston through the eyes of Frank Reznicek. He says he gets weekly calls from developers looking to buy his land. He knows it’s only a matter of time before his century-old ranch is swallowed up by encroaching suburbs.

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Nature at Work

In Nature at Work, Jon Augustine shares photos and experiences from his five years spent working on Ross Brockley’s farm in Lancaster County, Neb. Through Augustine’s direct iPhone photography and personal observations of Brockley’s worldview (and the lessons it might impart), the farm feels exceptionally singular and thoroughly significant.

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Fly Over Me: Valentine

PREVIEW: Fly Over Me: Valentine, a multimedia documentary project about the lifestyles of the Nebraska and South Dakota sandhills, is the original project by Fly Over Media. A total of 10 journalists lived in the sandhills over the course of two summers to create a book, an interactive website and a short documentary. Here’s a preview for the book and film.

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Fly Over Media is a cultural education non-profit which produces, supports and publishes interactive, multimedia journalism pieces about rural and underrepresented communities.

What we do

Support

We provide support to journalists all over the country producing work aligned with our mission. We use our extensive in-depth journalism background to help others develop story ideas from inception to completion. We act as a resource for contacts and equipment in addition to helping journalists secure funding for their projects. Finally, we help journalists find the best places to publish their work.

Produce

Fly Over Media staff produces work for publication on its website. Additionally, we seek out and work with journalists — photographers, videographers, writers, web designers and artists — to contribute to such original work. We also help journalists produce work for publication on platforms other than our own. We host and produce print and other gallery shows to promote the work of our contributors.

Publish

Our website acts as a publishing platform for original work aligned with our mission. We accept project proposals and completed work submissions. In either case, we work with journalists to present their stories in the most fair and impactful way. Each web piece is designed individually — we believe form and content should work to the same end, so every piece offers a different user experience.

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