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About Lily Jackson

Lily Jackson is a journalist covering young southerners & culture for Reckon.

Student loans were supposed to be forgiven for public service workers. They weren’t. Now the feds are fixing the problem.

Back in 2007, the federal government offered a deal: If certain student loan borrowers chose to work in the public sector – working for nonprofits, government agencies, or education – and stuck to it for 10 years their federal loans would be forgiven.  It’s been over a decade since [...]

By |2021-10-06T15:54:45-05:00October 6, 2021|Economy, Education, Story|

The pandemic’s devastating mental health effects are slowing — but less so in the South

A new report shows that while fewer Americans report experiencing certain mental illness symptoms, the rate of decrease in the South lags the rest of the nation.  Specifically, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky saw the least amount of change from 2020 to 2021, the report shows.  [...]

By |2021-09-16T09:24:28-05:00September 16, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Story|

Artist Colette Bernard wants you to know the South is no ‘lost cause’ (in many ways)

When Colette Bernard left Lafayette, La., for New York City, Bernard, who uses they/her pronouns, saw it as their great escape — from the small-town, Southern lifestyle that they felt never really fit.  After arriving in New York, it wasn’t long before Bernard began fighting for Southern representation when they [...]

By |2021-09-14T11:25:48-05:00September 13, 2021|LGBTQ, Life & Culture, Story|

Hurricane Ida’s coming mental health toll: ‘We are experiencing a powerful emotional storm’

When Charles Figley, a professor and longtime psychology and traumatology researcher at Tulane University in New Orleans, typically calls colleagues he expects to chat about project updates and other topics.  The day after Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms on record, made landfall, he couldn't even be certain his [...]

By |2021-08-31T11:43:56-05:00August 31, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Story|

Need an abortion in Appalachia? ‘Holler’ at this West Va. group

Holler Health Justice launched in 2018 to fund abortions in West Virginia and Appalachia. Since, its mission has expanded to include providing free emergency contraception and harm reduction services.  In 2020, the organization provided $111,415 in abortion funding and other support. The group dispersed more than 6,000 units of emergency [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:41:35-05:00June 16, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|

This Alabama nonprofit is fighting ‘period poverty’ and restoring dignity to menstruating people

Aiko Pickering, a recent college graduate and Mobile, Ala., native, started Monthly in November 2020 to raise awareness about period poverty and provide menstrual products to people who need them.  Researchers found that 64% of women were unable to afford period products in 2017, according to a study conducted in [...]

By |2021-04-12T08:40:04-05:00April 7, 2021|Health, Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|

So you’re vaccinated. What will you do next?

As the COVID-19 vaccination becomes more readily available to Southerners, more questions arise. We asked our Reckon followers about their plans after getting their vaccines, and the responses were varied. Southern states have received the lowest number of vaccinations so far. In Georgia, only 9.8% of residents have received their [...]

By |2021-02-24T09:38:32-06:00February 18, 2021|Health, Story|
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