Research and other Reports

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.

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'

Appalachian Regional Commission distressed counties

Economic and demographic trends in Mid-Appalachia


Exemplary rural broadcasters honored by their Kentucky colleagues

Radio outlets in Texas, Montana and Appalachia serve rural communities


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)

Celebrating Earth: It’s 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

An analysis of news coverage of mountaintop-removal strip mining

Paper in heart of Appalachian coalfield tackles coal-mining issues


Conference on covering Health Care and Health in Central Appalachia

Special Report: Covering the Methamphetamine Epidemic in Rural America


'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

ISSUES CONFERENCE (national): Read reports on varied sessions

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


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



Reporting projects by students in fall 2005 Community Journalism course

Reporting projects by students in fall 2006 Community Journalism course

Reporting by students in spring 2007 Covering the Governor's Race course

Some legislators worry that tobacco-settlement money is spent too loosely

Complaints about use of settlement funds, oversight cause investigation, changes

Tobacco-dependent Bath County, Kentucky, copes with end of federal program

Entrepreneurial couple show one way to diversify, with gourmet mushrooms

Tobacco grower gets into greenhouses to maintain farm income

Extension Service faces challenges in helping growers, their communities

Mid-semester class report: Tobacco farmers deal with new realities

One local newspaper's coverage of spending of tobacco settlement:

Weekly newspaper looks at local groups' spending of settlement funds

A closer examination of a cattle farmers' group's oversight of programs

Earlier report: Kentucky farmers fuss over use of diversification money

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


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



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) 323-9879

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

Last Updated July 29, 2007