Survey of training needs of rural newspapers
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
This project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Information about individual newspapers in this survey will remain strictly confidential. We will not publicly link your responses with your newspaper in any way.

"Mid-career training" refers to any training of an employee after he or she has been hired.

This survey should be completed by the top news executive at your newspaper, or by his or her designee.
(Please check to confirm this)


Name of newspaper:

Web page Address:

How many employees at the paper?

If some employees work in news as well as other departments, what is the equivalent number of full-time employees in news?

How many are involved with covering or editing news?
(For these questions, please count two half-time employees as one full employee, etc.)

What experience do you generally require of a new reporter? (Choose all that apply)

High school diploma

HS diploma with some journalism training

Some college

College degree in any field

College degree in journalism


College newspaper work

Professional newspaper work

What is the approximate starting salary in your newsroom for a college graduate with one internship?