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  • OzarksWatch — The Magazine of The Ozarks

    Cover of OzarksWatch

    OzarksWatch has been covering the Ozarks since 1987. What began as a newsletter edited by Drs. Robert B. Flanders and Robert K. Gilmore (1927-1997), out of The Center for Ozarks Studies, soon evolved into a popular journal distributed to subscribers throughout the United States and numerous foreign countries.

    Under the editorial direction of Dr. Donald R. Holliday (1994-2000) OzarksWatch continued to address issues in Ozarks culture. "Contrary to what the name of the magazine title suggests to some readers," says Dr. Holliday, "OzarksWatch is not about some ecological watch over the Ozarks. The purpose of the magazine is to provide authoritative and readable articles about the Ozarks and its people from pre-Columbian to the present. We want people to enjoy reading OzarksWatch, but we want all articles based on either solid research or firsthand experience" (Et Alia, 1998).

Television / Video

  • OzarksWatch Video Magazine

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    OzarksWatch Video Magazine is a series of programs that presents and preserves the unique heritage of the Ozarks. Produced through the Ozarks Studies Institute, the programs are comprised of in-studio interviews and location features. OzarksWatch Video Magazine airs on Ozarks Public Television, KOZK.
  • The Ozarks: Just That Much Hillbilly In Me

    Photo of mother and child

    Created by Missouri State's Media, Journalism and Film Professor, Mark Biggs, this video introduces the viewer to the history, culture and values of the people of the Ozarks. In contrast to popular depictions of "Ozarks hillbillies," a portrait of traditional Ozarkers as self-reliant, hard working and independent people emerges in this documentary. Through the interplay of archival images, music and commentary by historians, folklorists, artists and ordinary people, it becomes clear that traditional Ozarkers care deeply about what one participant in the film calls, "those old American values," of family, church, community and land. To the extent that we each share these values, there's just that much hillbilly in all of us.