Wednesday, June 07, 2006


E&P STORY: Nominees Sought For 'Courageous' Rural Journalist Award


Nominees Sought For 'Courageous' Rural Journalist Award
By Editor & Publisher Staff
Published: June 06, 2006 1:40 PM ET

CHICAGO -- The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues is seeking nominees for the second Tom and Pat Gish Award honoring journalists who have "demonstrated courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism." The award is named for the co-publishers of The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, Ky.

"The Gishes have withstood advertiser boycotts, declining population, personal attacks and even the burning of their newspaper office to provide the citizens of Letcher County the kind of journalism often lacking in rural areas, especially those dominated by extractive industries -- in this case, primarily coal," the Institute said. The Gishes were the recipients of the first award, presented in 2005. Nominations for this year's award are due Sept. 1. Nominations should include details on the courage, tenacity and integrity demonstrated by the nominee or nominees. Nominations can be mailed Al Cross, director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, 122 Grehan Journalism Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0042. They may also be made via e-mail to

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues says it "helps non-metropolitan journalists define the public agenda for their communities, and grasp the local impact of broader issues." In addition to its seminars and published research, it runs The Rural Blog, a daily digest of events, issues, trends and journalism in rural America. It is based in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky. More information is available at


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