Local journalism in the U.S. remains at a crisis point: newsrooms that existed for decades have vanished or are at risk of disappearing. At the same time, there are urgent external crises that make the need for communities to receive information all the more critical – namely climate change.

The Rural Newswire exists in order to help provide resources to newsrooms that serve rural communities. For editors and publishers looking for editorial support, all of our stories are free to redistribute, republish, and share.

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Accidental Rancher: The Head and Heart of the Matter

Eliza Blue looks at hard negotiations between her heart and her mind when it comes to all things ranching.


Improving Public Health by Strengthening Community Infrastructure

Rules, tradition, and perceptions can sometimes perpetuate long-term poverty. These organizations are showing how community-driven approaches can help bring down those barriers.


How We Owned a Mine, or A Brief History of Kentucky

A Hungarian immigrant created a collectively owned coal mine that, for a brief moment, proved an alternative to ruthless and exploitative mining operations of Appalachia in the early 20th century.



The Heritage Foundation


Colorado’s dirty secret: A $500 billion mining industry built on Indigenous land

A new report says that it’s only a fraction of the almost $2 trillion the state has made on stolen land.


What is a liquid? Utilities sue to avoid coal ash cleanup — and lose

With the definition resolved, will the EPA come for polluting coal plants?


Commentary: Tractor Supply



Albuquerque made itself drought-proof. Then its dam started leaking.

Cities across the West rely on fragile water sources — and aging infrastructure.


45 Degrees North: Roadside Assistance Out Yonder

Roadside emergencies get extra degrees of difficulty when they happen in the back of beyond. Here


A Biden effort to conserve oceans is leaving out Indigenous peoples, report finds

U.S. Pacific territories bear the burden of marine protected areas while missing out on economic benefits.

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