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Into the Issues

By Al Cross  Editorials are falling from favor at many American newspapers, for various reasons, including a desire […]

Now we have to make people want local news

By Al Cross In the last six years, interest in local news has declined, for several reasons. Community […]

Be a leader, and stand up for the truth

By Al Cross – Into the Issues  President Biden had some important words for rural journalists and their […]

We can’t let lies, mistrust and bad faith fester; we must speak the truth, stand up for it and have respectful dialogue

By Al Cross Director and professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky The insurrection […]

Into the Issues

By Al Cross What is the proper role of community newspapers at a time of national crisis? Stand […]

Into the Issues

By Al Cross A new maxim – or is it a mandate? – of the newspaper business is […]

Amid bad news, a permanent solution to a temporary problem, but here’s an idea

Since fall 2018, 300 more U.S. newspapers have disappeared, bringing the number over the last 15 years to 2,100. […]

Into the Issues

By Al Cross Our country may not be in a depression, but the newspaper business is, and its […]

Great Newspaper Ideas

By Al Cross In explaining my work, I sometimes say that there are thousands of really good journalists […]

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 […]