Fund for Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting

Rural reporter who won public-service Pulitzer donates $10,000 from another prize to help rural journalists do similar work

Daniel Gilbert (left of Al Cross) is best known for winning the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for public service for the Bristol Herald Courier, but his reporting on the mismanagement of natural-gas royalties in Southwest Virginia won several other awards, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors award for papers under 100,000 circulation and the first Community Journalism prize in the national Journalism Awards sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation. The latter award included a cash prize of $10,000, which Gilbert has donated to the endowment of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, to fund fellowships for rural journalists to attend IRE computer-assisted reporting workshops like the one that enabled him to produce his prize-winning work. That money, other donations and a state match have created the Fund for Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting. It will enable at least one rural journalist per year to attend IRE's Computer-Assisted Reporting Boot Camp. The more donations the fund receives the more scholarships can be awarded.

To make a contribution to the fund, click here, select the Institute option and type in R-CAR in the box for specific donations.

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IRE's CAR Boot Camps teach journalists how to analyze data using spreadsheets and databases, map data or use statistical analysis in their own work. Learn more about the Boot Camps.

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Daniel Gilbert and Al Cross

To read inaugural IRE boot camp fellowship recipient Kate Martin's testimony, click here.

To apply for a fellowship for an upcoming Computer-Assisted Reporting Boot Camp, click here.

Applications must include

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of interest (preference given to applicants who outline a project that includes the need to analyze databases)
  • 3 clips showcasing investigative work
  • Letter of support from the applicant's news organization
  • Applicant's resume

Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues
School of Journalism and Telecommunications, College of Communications & Information Studies
122 Grehan Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0042
Phone 859-257-3744 - Fax 859-323-3168

Al Cross, director al.cross@uky.edu