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Bobbie Foust, still reporting at 90, wins Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism in Kentucky

Bobbie Foust, for decades a fixture in West Kentucky journalism, is the winner of the 2024 Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by a Kentuckian, presented by the Institute for Rural Journalism at the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Eric Meyer and Marion County Record, Kansas paper raided by police chief it was investigating, win Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism

Eric Meyer and the staff of the Marion County Record in Marion, Kansas, are the winners of the 2024 Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism, presented by the Institute for Rural Journalism at the University of Kentucky.

A commitment to updating websites with breaking news can lead to more traffic and help communities

IRJ Director Benjy Hamm speaks to the importance of web presence for rural journalism outlets in his Sustaining Rural Journalism column.

Nominations sought for the Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, integrity and tenacity in rural journalism by April 15

Each year the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, publisher of The Rural Blog, presents the Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism, named for the couple who exemplified those qualities as publishers of The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky., for 52 years.

Al Cross to deliver 2024 Joe Creason Lecture at Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Ceremony

Well-known journalist, Kentucky politics expert and University of Kentucky Professor Al Cross is scheduled to deliver the Joe Creason Lecture in Journalism at the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame ceremony, held by the UK School of Journalism and Media, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Gatton Student Center Grand Ballroom on the UK campus.

IRJ Director featured in "Editor & Publisher"

Benjy Hamm, the director of the UK Institute for Rural Journalism, was profiled alongside the UK School of Journalism and Media in the February 2024 edition of "Editor & Publisher."

Al Cross named 2023 KPA Most Valuable Member

The Kentucky Press Association has named UK School of Journalism and Media's Professor Al Cross as its Most Valuable Member of 2023. 

Four CI faculty members selected for UK Engagement Academy

Four University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information faculty members were selected to participate in the inaugural Land-grant Engagement Academy, a two-day program through UK’s Land-Grant Engagement Office focused on building multi-disciplinary partnerships around community-level engagement work. 

Meet the new editor: Lexington Herald-Leader's Rick Green to give public talk, attend CI student, faculty and staff receptions

School of Journalism and Media and UK campus and Bluegrass Pro SPJ chapters welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning editor back to Kentucky Oct. 3 with public event and student, faculty and staff receptions.

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