Ky. Rural Health Assn. seeks entries for health reporting contest

The Kentucky Rural Health Association has started a free Newspaper Reporting Contest to encourage print media outlets to bring attention to Kentucky’s rural health-related issues, such as unusually high disease rates and strategies for addressing a county’s shortage of health care providers.

The contest is divided between daily and non-daily papers, with two categories in each division, series and single story). Each of the four winners will receive a plaque and $100 prize. The winners will be announced during KRHA’s 13th annual conference, scheduled July 21-22 in Bowling Green.

Winners will be selected based on the work’s relevance to rural health, the quality of reporting, its impact on health care policy, and any new insights that may be generated by the reporting.

The entries must have been published during the period from July 1, 2010 through June 15, 2011, and must be received by Friday, June 24, 2011.

Entries will be accepted from staff writers, editors, freelance writers, etc., who are affiliated with a Kentucky-based newspaper. Entries may also be submitted by KRHA members, or members of the community, on the writer’s or newspaper’s behalf.

Each entry should include three copies of the article or series as it originally appeared in the newspaper. There is no entry fee. Entries go to: David A. Gross, 750 Morton Blvd., Hazard, KY 41701. For additional information, you may contact him at 800-851-7512 or

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