Monday, September 29, 2008

Rural Journalism and...

...National Newspaper Week....the two important points to mention today.

First, the National Newspaper Week is October 5-11 so, technically, it's next week ,but I thought it was timely to mention since I've had a recent interest in the University of Kentucky's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.

It was from the Institute's site that I learned about next week's honor. Just a snippet of their content on the subject: For most newspapers, National Newspaper Week has been a ho-hum activity, often if not usually ignored. Now, with the future of newspapers in doubt, the annual observance may never have been more relevant. The theme this year is somewhat narrow, but still important: the need for paid publication of legal notices in print, as opposed to free and online...We encourage newspapers to fly the flag for public notice, but also to remind readers of the societal value of a local newspaper, something the writers of the Bill of Rights had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment.

More on the Institute for Rural Journalism to come. Stay tuned!

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