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Research in old community newspapers shows value of the printed page, granular local reporting

By Al Cross When Jim Phillips of Lexington, Ky., started poring through microfilm copies of old newspapers to […]

RURAL NEWSPAPER OWNERSHIP

In a buyer’s market for weeklies, where are the buyers? By Al Cross Most days this summer, I […]

Into the Issues

 Rural communities have been disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic, but rural newspapers have been disproportionately quiet about […]

Into the Issues

Does the reportedly mixed reaction to the death of a small weekly newspaper on the Lake of the […]

Newspapers need to explain “How We Work”

By Al Cross Newspapers cover almost every imaginable topic, but when it comes to understanding and explaining their […]

Into the Issues

Has any rural journalist won one of the major journalism-ethics awards? I don’t think so, and if that’s […]

Into the Issues

October 2018 By Al Cross For the next month, most community newspapers will be busy covering election campaigns, […]

Into the Issues

By Al Cross Adapted from remarks at “Journalists in the Hot Seat: Staying safe in a hostile political […]

Into the Issues – September 2017

By Al Cross Does your newspaper have a motto? Or a slogan? Do you know the difference? Mottoes, […]

Into the Issues July 2017

By Al Cross This column was originally published in PubAux, the newspaper of the National Newspaper Association. In […]