Rural journalism

Center for Rural Strategies publishes interesting research on rural areas

Typically we point to specific articles in Around the Web. But here’s something different: The Center for Rural Strategies in Kentucky publishes some fascinating research in its online newsletter The Daily Yonder It’s all about rural counties in the United States and much of it applies to Texas. The latest, for instance, is about the serious lack of university degrees in rural areas and what that means for economic development. To keep abreast of the latest research, much of which you can localize for your newspaper if you’re located in a rural area, go to the Daily Yonder’s Twitter page and follow their work. You’re almost guaranteed to come away with good story ideas and sources to interview for those stories.

By Kathryn Jones Malone

Kathryn Jones Malone is co-director of the Texas Center for Community Journalism. She began her career as a staff writer at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, then worked as a staff writer for the Dallas Times Herald and The Dallas Morning News; as a contract writer for The New York Times; as a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly magazine; as editor of the Glen Rose Reporter; and as a freelance writer for numerous state, regional and national magazines. She teaches journalism at Tarleton State University.