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High Country News awarded grant to serve college students


For immediate release: Oct. 28, 2014

High Country News has just received a $30,000 INNovation Fund grant from the Investigative News Network. The magazine –– one of only eight nonprofit newsrooms to receive a grant –– plans to use it for the High Country News University program, which works with colleges and universities nationwide to integrate HCN’s content into coursework.

"The grant allows us to continue providing high-quality journalism for the future leaders of the West and the country," says Gretchen King, who manages the program. "Students can use High Country News as a resource to generate in-depth conversations about the complicated West."

The HCNU program is serving more than 100 professors and nearly 3,000 students in the fall 2014 semester alone. The program provides free copies of High Country News to professors and students in a variety of courses, including journalism, environmental studies, environmental law, biology, sustainable studies, ecology, American Western studies and leadership programs. Access to the magazine’s rich digital archives and carefully selected story lists on specific topics are also part of the package. Anyone interested in participating can find out more at http://hcn.org/edu.

"HCN has been invaluable in the course for linking the past to current and future natural resource issues. It has been a fabulous addition to class," says Cody Ferguson, who has used HCN in his environmental history courses at Arizona State University. "HCN remains one of my most valued sources for quality investigative journalism on the West."

For more than 40 years, High Country News has covered the American West, reporting on stories that are often overlooked by larger media outlets. The nonprofit news organization covers issues ranging from water, energy and industry, wildlife and climate to tribes, recreation, communities, politics, and growth and sustainability. HCN has won many awards over the years, including the Utne Media Award, the George Polk award, the Science in Society Award, the Native American Journalists Association Best Environmental Story and the Society of Environmental Journalists Award.

For more information about High Country News, contact Gretchen King, HCN community engagement coordinator, at 970-527-4898x14 or [email protected].