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Al Cross on why we should care about a little newspaper in Kansas

Kentucky Journalism Hall-of-Famer Al Cross weighs in on the police raid on the weekly newspaper in Kansas, why all Kentuckians should pay attention to it, and the reason we need a free press.

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As you may know, a small weekly newspaper in Kansas was raided last week by their local police department. You may be thinking, “I live in Kentucky. Why should I care about this?”

To answer that question, I interview Al Cross, long-time journalist in the state, and the director emeritus of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. Al goes into not only why we should care about what happened in Kansas, but why we should all care deeply about our own local journalism.

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Bruce Maples

Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)

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