In Wisconsin: Cross to address challenges facing community journalists

From the Wisconsin Newspaper Association

Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which helps non-metropolitan journalists define the public agenda for their communities and grasp the local impact of broader issues, will present at the 70th Annual WNA Foundation Trees Retreat on Aug 25 in Eagle River.

Cross is also an extension professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky, where the Institute is based. Prior to becoming director of the institute in 2004, Cross edited and managed weekly newspapers before spending 26 years at The (Louisville) Courier-Journal.

He was part of The Courier-Journal staff winning the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the nation’s deadliest bus crash. He was co-recipient of an award for environmental reporting in the Southern

Al Cross

Journalism Awards for a 1987 series on strip mining. In 2010 he entered the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. He has appeared on C-SPAN and “Washington Week In Review.”

Cross is a past president of the Society for Professional Journalists. He was national chairman of Project Watchdog, an SPJ effort to explain the role of the news media in a democratic society. He has been chairman of the SPJ Resolutions and Government Relations committees, a member of the International Journalism Committee and the Ethics Committee and a director of SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

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