James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Fallowses Inspire Statewide Contest

Posted on January 27th, 2020 at 9:01 PM

Delaware Community Foundation Our Lens  Delaware Community Foundation Community Photo Challenge

Jim and Deb Fallowses' Our Towns adventures inspired the Delaware Community Foundationthe University of Delaware’s Partnership for Arts and CultureDepartment of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) and Horn Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Dual School and FourYouth Productions to run a statewide photo contest, challenging high school students to share the pride, spirit, and story of Delaware. The goal of the competition was to teach the students how to use photography as a catalyst for social change.

Read more about the challenge in this article from the University of Delaware's UDaily.

Featured in Canada's Troy Media

Posted on January 21st, 2020 at 9:22 PM

Troy Media  Building Strong Communities

In his January 6, 2020 opinion column, Troy Media's Mike Robinson recommends Our Towns to his Canadian audience. He states, "While as a country we lack the scale of populist rancour so fanned by a few American ideologues in 2018, we face parallel needs in coping with economic disruption, climate change and the pressures of  greater immigration. In these respects our towns play a similar role."

Read the article here.

Referenced in Business Insider

Posted on January 16th, 2020 at 11:37 AM

Business Insider  How to start a craft brewery

Business Insider's January 16, 2020 article on how to become a craft brewer referenced Jim and Deb Fallows' assertion that craft breweries are "arguably the best way to gauge whether a town is in excellent health."

Read the article here.

Featured in America the Bilingual

Posted on January 6th, 2020 at 7:27 PM

America the Bilingual  Our Towns: A book, a journey, and an often-surprising view of multicultural America

In her January 2, 2020 article, Mim Harrison reports that the not-so-secret wish at America the Bilingual is that aspiring to be bilingual will inspire an appreciation for those who have come to this country from elsewhere, and with other languages. She finds support in the stories the Fallowses share about multi-cultural cities such as Dodge City, Kansas where diverse, multi-lingual groups of people are working together to make their community stronger.

Read the article here.


Featured in Erie Reader

Posted on January 5th, 2020 at 2:25 PM

Erie Reader  Our Erie Decade

The Erie Reader's January 1, 2020 editorial features James and Deborah Fallowses' coverage of Erie as a pivotal point in the city's past decade. Their reporting, the editors said, helped a new narrative emerge, one of "possibility and renaissance, not loss and despair."

Read the full editorial here.

Featured in Calvin University January Series

Posted on January 4th, 2020 at 4:08 PM

Calvin University  Calvin University January Series

James and Deborah Fallows will be featured in Calvin University's annual January Series on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 12:30 - 1:30pm EST. The 32-year-old lecture series seeks to cultivate "deep thought and conversations about important issues of the day in order to inspire cultural renewal and make us better global citizens in God's world." Join the conversation in person onsite at the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Calvin University campus in Grand Rapids, MI, at one of the 60+ remote sites, or online for live audio streaming.

For more information, go to this link.

Named to Best Books of 2019

Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 7:35 PM

The American Conservative

Best Books of 2019  

Best Books of 2019

Gracy Olmstead of The American Conservative named Our Towns to her list of Best Books of 2019, one of five in her category 'Books About Place and Community.' The column was also published in USSA News.

Read the article here.

Reviewed by eJournal of Public Affairs

Posted on December 28th, 2019 at 8:16 PM

eJournal of Public Affairs  eJournal of Public Affairs, Our Towns Book Review

Keith Morton, PhD, a professor in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies at Providence College, recently reviewed Our Towns for the eJournal of Public Affairs. He describes the book as offering a "deliberate, grounded, and thoughtful counterpoint to the strident national narrative of an increasingly polarized, angry, and alienated citizenry."

He goes on to recommend it as "a wonderful book for introducing students and community members—in high school civics courses, in “community engaged” courses at colleges, in local voluntary associations, in public leadership roles—to possibility and to a strong case that locates, explains, and validates the many small efforts in which they are involved."

Read the review here.

Referenced in The Hill's 'Changing America'

Posted on December 28th, 2019 at 6:29 PM

The HillStart with the Positives to Rebuild America

In his December 27, 2019 opinion column in The Hill's 'Changing America,' George Washington University Professor Richard Tucker champions reversing economic decline by "starting local." He references Our Towns and its signs of civic success which include a major research university nearby and the presence of craft breweries -- both of which are present in the author's hometown of Binghamton, NY. 

Read the article here.

Featured on The Sunday Long Read

Posted on November 16th, 2019 at 4:45 PM

The Sunday Long Read

The Sunday Long Read, Deborah and James Fallows

The Sunday Long Read describes the Fallowses' work: "There a few couples like Deborah and James Fallows, who have spent more than half a decade talking to people and visiting towns across America to produce "Our Towns," first a New York Times bestseller, published last year, and now a series in The Atlantic. They're some of the smartest, most diligent people reporting on the state of the country today and they joined Jacob for a first-ever, two-in-one SLR podcast to discuss their distinct reporting styles, the power of positive reporting, and the lessons they've learned from their travels around the country."

Listen to the podcast here.