So, out of all the folks asking for money on #GivingTuesday, why should you support the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, publisher of The Rural Blog?
Each month, we produce a column, usually based on the blog, for the National Newspaper Association, the leading organization for rural newspapers, and we work closely with NNA on issues that affect community papers, such as the recent proposal to have farmers wanting migrant workers advertise the jobs online instead of local papers.
Several times a year, I speak to state or national groups about rural journalism. This year, that included three panels at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications convention. Early this year, my book chapter, “Trump and non-metropolitan America: An urbanite saw a rural base where pollsters and journalists didn’t,” was published by Routledge in The Trump Presidency, Journalism and Democracy, edited by Robert (Ted) Gutsche Jr.
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Our work is only partly supported by my faculty line at the university. We are able to publish The Rural Blog because the Institute has an endowment that gives us money for year-round travel, programming and a half-time assistant. But we rely increasingly on gifts that go directly into our operating budget of about $200,000 a year, so we need your support.