The Tom and Pat Gish Award honors courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism; nominate someone!
We seek nominations that measure up, at least in major respects, to the records of previous winners. Nominators should send detailed letters to Director Al Cross at the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, explaining how their nominees show the kind of exemplary courage, tenacity and integrity that the Gishes demonstrated in their rigorous pursuit of rural journalism. Documentation does not have to accompany the nomination, but is helpful in choosing finalists, and additional documentation may be requested or required.
Nominations for the 2019 award should be made by March 1, 2019.
Letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Al Cross, Director
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40506-0042
For more information, contact Cross at 859-257-3744.
Previous Gish Award winners
2017: Cullen family of the Storm Lake Times, Iowa
2016: Ivan Foley of the Platte County Landmark, Missouri
2015: Trapp family of the Rio Grande Sun, New Mexico
2014: Landon Wills of the McLean County News, Kentucky (posthumous)
2013: No award
2012: Jonathan and Susan Austin, Yancey County News, North Carolina
2011: Stanley Nelson and the Concordia Sentinel, Louisiana
2010: Samantha Swindler, Corbin Times-Tribune, Kentucky
2008: the Neshoba Democrat of Mississippi
2007: Ezzell family of The Canadian Record, Texas
2005: Tom and Pat Gish, The Mountain Eagle, Kentucky