The Institute for Rural Journalism (which runs the oft-linked Rural Blog) is seeking year-end financial donations. Institute director and notable journalist Al Cross says this:

Perhaps ironically, the financial squeeze on metropolitan newspapers and other changes in the news media have made all the more important the Institute’s vision of helping rural America through journalism, because most major papers and broadcast outlets have abandoned coverage of rural areas. That has left a vacuum that rural news media must fill, covering issues and setting the public agenda in their communities.