HuffPo Launches Road Trip to Flyover Country to See What it’s Like Beyond the Bubble

“We’re there to listen.”

If you’ve ever wanted to tell the Huffington Post exactly how you feel, you might just get your chance come September.

Now with Ariana Huffington gone, HuffPost, as it likes to be called now, wants to reconnect to an America it has long ignored — all you folks in the middle of no man’s land — the red states. It’s new editor-in-chief, Lydia Polgreen, has announced a 23-city bus tour starting in St. Louis on September 12 and meandering through the midwest, the south, and western states.

We want to know: What does it mean to be American today? To find out, we’re hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears and definition of "being American." By converting a tour bus into a mobile video studio, we’ll capture conversations with people of all ages and backgrounds. Our goal: moving, multimedia storytelling that showcases what we share as Americans, rather than what divides us.

Here’s the why:

Trust in media has bottomed out. We hope to rebuild some of that — and learn from it — by listening to the public and elevating their stories through our massive distribution network.

If you’re not in one of the lucky cities, there will be a way to participate online.

“For journalists, listening is more important than ever,” Polgreen writes. “We want to address that head-on, and build trust in the work we do, by visiting communities that are largely ignored by national media. We’ll listen to what’s most important to them, and help tell those stories to the vast HuffPost audience.”

“[A]s journalists, being good listeners, and getting out of our own way, are at the core of our practice,” Polgreen continues. “’Listen to America’ is an opportunity to practice this skill over and over, and discover great stories out in the field, where they live. We’re popping our own bubbles in more ways than one.”

And that bubble sure needs popping:

H/T Legal Insurrection