Published on September 30, 2020 by Sean Flynt  
Samford professor Clay Carey
Samford professor Clay Carey

 

Samford University journalism and mass communication professor Clay Carey has a new publication–Local News and Community Resiliency in Appalachia–arising from his nationally recognized research. His white paper for the Center for Journalism and Liberty project of the Open Markets Institute is based on interviews with more than 20 journalists, community development professionals and activists in Appalachia, the study offers insights on how rural local news organizations can help contribute to the development of stronger, more resilient communities.

Carey’s 2017 book, The News Untold: Community Journalism and the Failure to Confront Poverty in Appalachia, has brought him many honors. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) honored Carey with its Tankard Book Award for the best research-based book about journalism. Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association selected the book for its Weatherford Award for Nonfiction. The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) invited Carey to take part in a panel on Poverty and the Press. In 2020, the book was included in a New York Times Review of Books article on the future of journalism.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.