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Fund set up to help journalists affected by flooding

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JBHawkEye, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Got this by e-mail a few minutes ago:

    Our colleagues in Iowa need help from the tornados and devastating
    floods that have savaged the prairie. You may have used the AP picture
    in Sunday editions of houses ripped off foundations and slammed into a
    bridge on the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids. Folks on the ground say that
    illustrates that this is a disaster of millennial proportions. More
    than 38,000 have been forced to evacuate, including journalists at The
    Gazette, KCRG-TV and other news organizations who nonetheless have
    continued publishing on all platforms.

    As president of the Associated Press Managing Editors, I would
    encourage you to make a tax-deductible contribution to these
    journalists in need.

    Gazette Editor Steve Buttry explains that citizens can't purchase flood
    insurance unless they live in the 100-year flood plain, but the raging
    waters went beyond boundaries of the 500-year flood plain. So much of
    the damage will not be insured. FEMA's assistance will help some, but
    it won't be enough.

    Newspaper employees in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Vinton, Iowa City and
    other towns in the flood zone face personal losses. Some employees have
    had their homes and personal belongings destroyed or severely damaged.

    You may send tax-deductible checks to Iowa Newspaper Employees Disaster
    Relief Fund at the Iowa Newspaper Foundation, 319 E. Fifth St., Des
    Moines, IA 50309, or go to www.inanews.com to make a credit card

    In addition, the Iowa Newspaper Foundation will assemble two databases
    -- one of the needs of newspapers affected by the flood and one ofresources offered by other newspapers.

    Thank you in advance for helping colleagues who continue to do their
    jobs in the face of extraordinary adversity.

    David Ledford

    Vice President/News & Executive Editor
    The News Journal
    Wilmington, Del.
  2. NX

    NX Member

    Love this. Much needed. My publisher is on the INF board. Proud to see the foundation step up like this.

    Here is the link to the page mentioned in the e-mail: http://www.inanews.com/relief2.php
  3. GuessWho

    GuessWho Active Member

    I love this too, and have written my check. One question, and it's not meant to start anything: Was there something like this for journalists hit by Katrina, too? I simply don't remember seeing it, because I would have chipped in on that one if I'd known about it.
  4. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    I'm pretty sure there was, if I remember correctly.
  5. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    There was a Katrina fund, and I think it was through APME.

    I'd be interested in knowing if any parent companies from these papers have stepped up at all with financial assistance.
  6. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    The Gazette is its own company (Gazette Communications), so that's local money and I'm assuming they will help their employees.

    Waterloo is owned by Lee Enterprises. I do not know who owns the Vinton paper.

    My guess is they will help.
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