Reporting Resources

This is a dynamic guide for computer-assisted reporting to help journalists, both rural and metropolitan, cover issues that affect their communities, as well as develop their craft.

Please let the Institute know about links that do not work, or about sources we should add. If a resource here helped you in covering a story, please let us know by emailing al.cross@uky.edu.

Developing the Craft: Clicking this link will give you Web sites that help journalists investigate stories, understand media law, network with other journalists, and to write clearly and consistently.

Covering Rural Issues: Clicking this link will give you a variety of Web sites that address health, education, environment, economics and religion, as well as a list of rural organizations with links.

Current concerns: Some topics aren't easily categorized but generate considerable interest among journalists at a particular time. This is where we will post links about such topics.


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 at 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 Rural Blog postings and other Institute news, click here.


Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues

University of Kentucky
College of Communications & Information Studies

122 Grehan Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0042

Phone: (859) 257-3744, Fax: (859) 323-9879

Questions about the web site: Contact Al Cross, Director, al.cross@uky.edu

Last Updated: Jan. 17, 2007