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The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues produces reports on topics of interest to rural America. Links to those reports are below. Before the Institute was staffed in August 2004, members of its Advisory Committee and hired reseearchyers produced proposals, correspondence, studies and speeches that laid a foundation for development of the Institute, beginning in Central Appalachia, the Institute's initial research area.

AGRICULTURE

Children and Agriculture: Telling the Story

APPALACHIA (also see Environment)

Mountaintop-mining foes, rebuffed at local and state level, look to Washington

UMWA has no working miners in Eastern Ky. but its heritage remains strong

Coverage of public-policy issues by newspapers in Central Appalachia

The Media and Appalachia: A symposium at East Tennessee State University

Tom and Pat Gish, mountain publishers, receive award named for them

Hatfield-McCoy Institute for Agreement Training holds its first workshop

Hardship, uncertainty and hope in the county of the 'Country Boys'

BROADCASTING

Exemplary rural broadcasters honored by their Kentucky colleagues

Radio outlets in Texas, Montana and Appalachia serve rural communities

COMMUNITY JOURNALISM: ETHICS ETC.

'Marlboro Marine' bonded with L.A. photog, shunned his hometown paper

Ineligible player ruins a prep team's season; paper keeps name out of print

Newsaper struggles with immigration angle of an otherwise feel-good story

An analysis of news coverage of mountaintop-removal strip mining

ECONOMICS OF RURAL AREAS

Covering and Guiding Rural Economic Development

Covering and Guiding Rural Economic Development: A Seminar

Issues in the rural economy, from farms to broadband to big-box stores

How broadband Internet access and use are keys to the future of a rural state

Assuring equity for rural telecommunications (report of The Aspen Institute)

EDUCATION

Beyond the Board Meeting: Improving Your Education Coverage (videos)

ENVIRONMENT AND LABOR

Celebrating Earth: Itís the natural thing to do on Earth Day

Journalists, coal-industry folks hash out issues of communication and trust

Covering Coal conference offers ideas for journalists, citizens

Paper in heart of Appalachian coalfield tackles coal-mining issues

An analysis of news coverage of mountaintop-removal strip mining

HEALTH

Conference on covering Health Care and Health in Central Appalachia

Special Report: Covering the Methamphetamine Epidemic in Rural America

IMMIGRATION, DIVERSITY, HUMANITY

'Little Mexico' comes to rural life, and that can be a good thing

Amid a hurricane's toll, a call to listen, be humane; journalists, take note

Kentucky newspaper reports on a 1963 integration that was little reported then

NATIONAL RURAL ISSUES CONFERENCE

Reports on sessions at Knight Center for Specialized Journalism

Keynote speaker calls for better media coverage, a national rural policy

NEWSPAPERS

Small newspapers will lead way as industry deals with challenges, exec says

Hold that Obituary! Knight Ridder sale shows health of community newspapers

From a small daily in Ohio, one editor's definition of community journalism

Small-town newspaper folks have frank discussions with Wal-Mart executives

Ky. Journalism Hall of Famers: One chose a small town to make a difference, another has 'a love affair with community journalism;' others' speeches posted

Gannett now owns more weekly newspapers than any other company

WATCHDOG JOURNALISM

Seminar explores how to cover state and federal governments from afar

Ex-FBI agent shows the way to open government as county official in N.C.

OTHER REPORTS

Growing Kentucky: New Directions for Our Culture of Land and Food

Reports on November 2004 television documentaries on Wal-Mart

Research reports on voter guides in Kentucky and North Carolina, 2004

REPORTS ON THE INSTITUTE

Spring 2006

October 2005

September 2005

July 2005

November 2004

EARLIER REPORTS

Director's Remarks to Kentucky & Tennessee Press Associations, 2002

Journalism at a Crossroads

The Regional Role of Rural News Outlets

Creation of the Institute for Rural Journalism

Description of Initial Research

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

Last Updated: 03/03/2007