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Better Alamance Project

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Arielle Aurrichio is a graduate student in Elon’s iMedia program—an intensive one-year program preparing graduates to think strategically across all digital media platforms. Arielle is working on her capstone project and enlisting the help of our Reporting for the Public Good class.

“I want to tell this story in an engaging way to let people know what’s going on [in Alamance County],” Arielle said.

The Project:

  • Betteralamance.org is a project aiming to help strengthen local communities in Alamance County, NC
  • Each student in the reporting class will write a profile one of the 18 people (chosen by Arielle) that are a part of the Alamance County community
  • The focus of the profiles will be on the closing of Loaves and Fishes (the local food bank) and what is being done to provide the homeless and impoverished with food
  • The finished profiles will be posted on Betteralamance.org

“I want to bring together photography, info-graphics and storytelling in a cohesive way,” Arielle said.

Loaves and Fishes food bank closed their doors abruptly with no explanation leaving many of the 20% of impoverished Alamance County residents looking for food. This is an incredibly important topic to report on. To find out where the people who relied on Loaves and Fishes went and how they are surviving since then.

Through interviews with the homeless as well as coordinators working to solve this hunger problem in Alamance County, these profiles should be able to shed some light on the rise in hunger in Alamance County. And what steps to take from this point forward.

“I want to be as involved as I possibly can,” said Arielle, “I want it [the finished product] to be a compilation of all these people, presented in an interesting way.”

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