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Uncovering the Best Local Business Stories: a FREE one-day workshop at the University of Kentucky

Whether it’s finding stories in a local budget, the local economic-development agency or area businesses, the economy and business are big news on Main Street, not just Wall Street. This workshop, geared to the needs of generalists on small staffs, will arm community journalists with resources, tips and ideas to bring more meaningful coverage of this important topic. As Laurie E. Brown, editor of The Canadian (Tex.) Record, said, “What isn’t business that we cover?”
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will present this free workshop, hosted by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues on Fri., April 13, 2012, at the Gatton College of Business & Economics on the University of Kentucky campus. To learn more about the event, click here. To register for this event, click here.
The presenters will be Linda Austin, executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University; John Cheves, investigative reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader; Carlie Kollath, business reporter for Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo; and Chris Roush, Distinguished Scholar and founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative at the University of North Carolina. (Read more)

Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting workshops start; second workshop set May 18-20 in Lexington, Ky.

Twelve journalists from five Appalachian states learned computer-assisted reporting or honed their basic CAR skills Oct. 21-23 at a workshop sponsored by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community IREIssues and Investigative Reporters and Editors. IRE provided the training at the workshop at East Tennessee State University, where journalism program director Andrew Dunn is the Institute's academic partner. It was the first of two Rural CAR workshops funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The second workshop will be held May 18-20 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. (Read more) To download an application, click here.
Daniel Gilbert, left, with Mike Owens at the workshop
Daniel Gilbert, left, with the Herald-Courier's Mike Owens at the workshop
The R-CAR program was started with a gift from Daniel Gilbert, a Wall Street Journal energy reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for the Bristol Herald Courier in 2010 with his reporting on state and energy-company mismanagement of pooled natural-gas royalties in Southwest Virginia. He donated his $10,000 prize from another contest, the Scripps Howard Awards, to the Institute's endowment to create a fund that sends journalists to IRE's six-day CAR boot camp, at which he learned the skills that enabled him to do the series. The Scripps Howard Foundation matched his gift, and the state of Kentucky matched both, creating a $40,000 fund that generates enough earnings to sponsor two journalists each year.
Kate Martin of the Skagit Valley Herald, in Mt. Vernon, Wash., was the inaugral IRE boot camp fellow. She says thanks to the CAR boot camp "I am no longer at the mercy of my sources to look up a figure or fact for me. I can have them send me the source file and work with it on my own." (Read more)
If you are a rural journalist interested in applying for a fellowship to an IRE boot camp, click here to download an application and details.
logo The Institute asked the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation to fund two "mini-boot camps" for reporters in rural areas, the first one in the same area where Gilbert did his prize-winning work. The money is flowing through IRE, but the Institute will host a second R-CAR Mini-Boot Camp at its University of Kentucky headquarters in May 2012. (Read more)
Stanley Nelson

Louisiana editor and weekly paper win Gish Award for courage, integrity, tenacity in rural journalism

Stanley Nelson and the weekly newspaper he edits, the Concordia Sentinel of Ferriday, La., are the winners of the 2011 Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism.
Nelson and the Sentinel showed courage and unusual tenacity in investigating an unsolved murder from the era of conflict over civil rights, and in January 2011 named a living suspect in the 1964 killing of African American businessman Frank Morris. A grand jury was convened and continues to investigate.
One of the prosecutors handling the case, David Oppeman, told the Los Angeles Times, “I told Stanley the other day he is the hub in this and everybody else is just a spoke. He did the work that needed to be done.”
The newspaper showed integrity and courage in the face of reader resistance to its dogged, detailed reporting in more than 150 stories. “The owners of the Concordia Sentinel never hesitated in following the story,” Nelson wrote in the fall edition of Nieman Reports, of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
"While most readers read the stories with interest and outrage over what happened so many years ago, many of the most vocal were those who detested the coverage and who questioned our motives," Nelson told the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
“We knew some would be angered to read about the parish's ugly racial past,” he wrote for Nieman Reports. “Some canceled subscriptions. We were threatened. Our office was burglarized. One irate reader called to find out my ultimate goal. ‘To solve a murder,’ I said. ‘You can't do that,’ she snapped. ‘You're just a reporter!’ She hung up. We pressed on.” (Read more)

Institute co-founder publishes memoir and is honored for remarkable life in journalism

SmithAlbert P. Smith Jr., who turned his life around as a rural journalist and co-founded the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, has published a long-awaited autobiography to highly favorable reviews. (H-L photo by Charles Bertram)
"Al Smith and his contemporaries had to constantly balance muckraking reporter and crusading editor with a publisher’s mandates to grow his business and promote the community it served," former big-city editor Jim Squires writes for the Lexington Herald-Leader. "Smith eagerly grasped the role of 'engaged journalist,' which to him entailed doing whatever it took to make good things happen." To read more reviews, click here.
To order the book, go here; to donate $10 of the cost to the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, enter this coupon code: SmithIRJ.
In 2011, Smith was recognized for his service to community and rural journalism as the namesake and inaugural recipient of the Al Smith Award presented by the Institute and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. To read about the Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism in Kentucky, or anywhere by a current or former Kentuckian, click here.
Smith was awarded the 2011 James Madison Award for service to the First Amendment by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications in November 2011. To read an excerpt from Smith's acceptance speech, click here. To read KyForward's coverage of the event, click here.

Promotion, tenure make Institute boss one of a kind

Al CrossInstitute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Director Al Cross was promoted to associate professor in July, making him the first tenured extension faculty member at the University of Kentucky outside of the College of Agriculture and the only known extension professor of journalism in the U.S.
As an extension professor, most of Cross' work is directed off campus and involves working with rural and community journalists nationwide. His goal, and that of the Institute, is to help community journalists define the public agenda in their communities and report on regional issues.
For Cross, being able to help rural journalists is a way of returning to his roots as a weekly newspaper editor and regional reporter for The Courier-Journal. "In a way, I have come full circle," Cross said in a UK press release. He became director of the Institute in 2004 after reporting for the Louisville newspaper for more than 26 years, over 15 in which he was the chief political writer. He still writes a fortnightly column for the paper. (Read more)
Cross was most recently recognized for his contributions to journalism as recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ highest honor, the 2011 Wells Memorial Key. The award, given to a journalist who has served the society in an outstanding fashion, was at the SPJ President’s Installation Banquet in New Orleans in September. (Read more)

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The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues is supported by the University of Kentucky and donors to an endowment that is matched by state funds. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Institute, via a secure Web site, click here. To make a pledge, via the same site, click here.

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