Children & Agriculture: Telling Stories of Risks & Safety

July 13-14, 2007 - Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Central Kentucky - apply by June 18

This is the latest in a national series of workshops for journalists that focus on the complex and sometimes controversial issues surrounding childhood health and safety in the agricultural environment.

The goal of this year’s workshop is to build a cadre of journalists who understand the broad scope – and preventability – of childhood injuries on the farm.

This FREE workshop is a story-generating event that gathers farm-health researchers, child-safety advocates, medical professionals, agricultural producers and journalists for field trips and discussions.

Dialogue with expert sources and knowledge gathered firsthand on field trips will enable journalists to:

  • Understandleading causes of childhood farm injuries at work and at play.
  • Describe interventions that are most likely to be effective in preventing childhood farm injuries.
  • Identify the journalist's role in protecting farm children at work and at play.

Discussion and field trips to various sites in Central Kentucky will focus on protecting children from injury and death associated with tractors, other machinery and cattle.

No fee will be charged. Up to 15 journalists, representing print and electronic media, will be selected from applicants. The deadline to apply is June 18. Part-time and freelance journalists will be considered. A stipend will be offered to help defray costs of lodging and travel. Employers are expected to provide salary for the journalists on assignment at the workshop.

TO APPLY, please submit by June 18: (1) A current resume; (2) a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the workshop; (3) several work samples -- preferably, but not necessarily, related to childhood agricultural health and safety. SEND TO:

Scott Heiberger
National Farm Medicine Center
1000 N. Oak Ave.
Marshfield, WI 54449
or e-mail heiberger.scott@mcrf.mfldclin.edu

Election-coverage workshop sessions are posted on this Web site

Video recordings of sessions at "Covering the Big Ballot and Beyond," a one-day workshop on covering the fall 2006 elections in Kentucky, are posted on this Web site. The conference was for Kentuckians, but presenters discussed various election-coverage principles and ideas that could be useful in any state.

The workshop was presented at Kentucky Educational Television by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, part of the University of Kentucky's School of Journalism and Telecommunicaitons, and the Citizen Kentucky Project of the school's First Amendment Center. Here's the directory of the Web files, with starting times to indicate the length of each session:

9:00am Welcome (by Al Cross and Buck Ryan, UK)

9:15am Overview of the November 2006 Ballot (Ryan Alessi, Lexington Herald-Leader; Bill Bryant, WKYT-TV, Lexington)

10:00am Judicial elections (Cross; also at start of the next file)

10:30am Issues in the 2006 elections (Ronnie Ellis, Community Newspaper Holdings capital bureau; Jamie Lucke, Herald-Leader; Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal)

11:15am Sources for information on issues (all panelists)

12:15pm Campaign finance (Cross, Loftus)

2:45pm Editorials and commentary (Cross, Lucke)

3:30pm The 2007 governor's race (Cross, Bryant, Alessi, Ellis)

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues helps non-metropolitan media define the public agenda in their communities, through strong reporting and commentary on local issues and on broader issues that have local impact. Its initial focus area is Central Appalachia, but as an arm of the University of Kentucky it has a statewide mission, and it has national scope. It has academic collaborators at Appalachian State University, East Tennessee State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgia College and State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Marshall University, Middle Tennessee State University, Ohio University, Southeast Missouri State University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Washington and Lee University, West Virginia University and the Knight Community Journalism Fellows program of the University of Alabama. It is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the University of Kentucky, with additional financial support from the Ford Foundation. To get notices of daily Rural Blog postings and other Institute news, click here.


Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues

University of Kentucky
School of Journalism and Telecommunications

122 Grehan Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0042

Phone: (859) 257-3744, Fax: (859) 323-3168

Al Cross, director, al.cross@uky.edu

Last Updated: June 5, 2007