By Elizabeth Spencer and Al Cross
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media
More Kentucky newspapers are writing about their communities’ health, even when it presents an unfavorable picture, when measured by coverage of the annual County Health Rankings.
Kentucky papers reported on the rankings at a record rate in 2017, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.
The researchers examined 106 of the approximately 140 paid-circulation newspapers outside Kentucky’s three major urban areas, covering 115 of the state’s 120 counties. They found that 31 papers in 30 counties published 36 separate articles about the rankings in the five weeks after the rankings were released in late March. That was many more than in previous years.