The James river
Covering the James River as a cultural phenomenon, with a focus on how people interact with the river commercially, artistically and recreationally. We also feature people who love the James and work to protect it.
Covering the James River as a natural phenomenon, including environment and ecosystems, flora and fauna, conservation and restoration, natural history, and the people who interact with the river through these lenses.
A James River StoryMap that plots all student dispatches along the river as it moves through downtown Richmond, creating a narrative with both human and natural dimensions. Includes additional media resources.
walk, report, share.
Our class, like the Out of Eden Walk, is designed to explore the creative frontiers of Slow Journalism, a movement away from the super-fast, superficial coverage that dominates modern news media, and towards a more in-depth, deliberate, mindful approach to narrative storytelling using the latest tools of digital technology.
By Jasmine Fernandez With its nearly 7.5 billion customers in 18 states, Dominion Energy provides heat, air conditioning and power for homes and businesses throughout our nation. But this doesn’t come without a cost. For more than 100 years, as America’s economy was growing, people depended on coal to provide them with economical, reliable energy. Read more about Coal Ash Catastrophe[…]
By Jasmine Fernandez Fresh, beautiful, bright green grass, overlooking a river lined with groups of families and friends fishing, may not seem like anything more than a park when you first stumble upon it. That is, until the moment you notice the small rectangular bronze plaques reading, “Richmond Slave Trail,” scattered along the three-mile walking Read more about River of Souls: Remembering Richmond’s Painful Past […]
By Abby Seaberg It’s a cloudy April day on the James River, and the kayaks are out on Belle Isle. In them, paddling as hard as they can, are fourth and fifth graders from the Patrick Henry School of Science and Art. They are among a group of school kids participating in River Romp, an Read more about Home River[…]
By Gabi Williams and Frances Gichner As the weather warmed this spring and Richmonders took to the James River, we designed a walking tour of Belle Isle, a historically significant island in midstream, tracking graffiti and modern human influence on the river. Why did we do this? Belle Isle has a long and detailed history Read more about Artistry on the Isle[…]
Written and produced by Brier Clough Interviews and photos by Frances Gichner, Elizabeth Halasz, Caroline Robelen, and Abby Seaberg Modeled after the New York Times’ “Sunday in the Park” supplement, this piece is about the big picture and the small stories that give us a glimpse into moments of people’s lives. Our reporting team Read more about A Sunday at Brown’s Island[…]
By Jacob Taylor A new way to view the James River Close your eyes. Now Imagine an elevated, modern park that spans a bridge and two distinct sides of a city with sweeping views overlooking an immensely beautiful river. Ted Elmore, president of the Richmond BridgePark Foundation, is working to turn that imaginary vision into Read more about River Vision[…]
By Gabi Williams It was “golden” hour—late on a spring day—and every detail of the James River suddenly seemed radiant and magical in the light of late afternoon. I was walking the riverbank with a young woman named Sally Watanabe, who was telling me why this place, Pony Pasture Rapids, is one of her favorite Read more about Golden Hour at Pony Pasture[…]
By Abby Seaberg Vincent Bruno is a high-energy guy. After moving to Richmond from Atlanta last August, 26-year-old Bruno immediately set out to learn everything about Richmond’s history, Richmond’s people and Richmond’s soul. Within two months he was working as a tour guide with RVA on Wheels, spinning visitors around downtown Richmond on Segways while Read more about Love at First Sight[…]
By Caroline Robelen Central Park in Manhattan is a magnet for migrating birds, a green oasis in the middle of a concrete desert. For birds passing through Richmond during their migration, the James River is their Central Park, explains Lewis Barnett, a local birder and computer science professor at the University of Richmond. The river, Read more about The James River: Richmond’s Central Park[…]
By Brier Clough Every evening, Jenny Beth Friar and Chris Milk, who live on a leafy side street on Oregon Hill, gather their two young kids and go for a walk. Following a well-worn path, they climb down a short flight of railroad tie stairs to the banks of the James River. There they watch the Read more about “Goodnight, James”[…]