The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and Oak Ridge Associated Universities invite journalists from all levels and all types of news media to attend a one-day workshop focused on covering substance abuse, treatment and recovery; how the right coverage can reduce stigma and help your community find solutions. 

Attendees will learn about the issues from a variety of experts in the field including award-winning journalists, authors, researchers, officials and people in recovery.

Our goals are to make sure you:

  • Understand the depth and breadth of the problem and how it affects local communities
  • Know how to get reliable data and other local information for your reporting
  • Develop local, state, regional and national sources for stories and story ideas
  • Hear reporters explain how they cover the problem and the people affected by it
  • Appreciate the role of local news media in reducing the stigma that inhibit local action

Featured Speakers

Beth Macy
 Beth Macy – Award-winning author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America

Terry DeMio – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from The Cincinnati Enquirer, on the newspaper’s opioid beat for five years


Eric Eyre – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Charleston Gazette-Mail, who revealed opioid distribution patterns in West Virginia


Sharon Burton – Editor publisher of the Adair County (Ky.) Community Voice, a national leader in substance-abuse coverage by small newspapers


Al Cross – Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues



  • When

  • Friday, November 15, 2019
    8:00 AM - 5:15 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Delta Hotels – Ashland Downtown
    1441 Winchester Avenue
    Ashland, Kentucky 41101

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