Alt-Paper Assoc. Urges Funding Assistance For NOLA ‘Gambit’ Staffers

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By: E&P Staff

The Association for Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) has established an emergency fund to provide immediate assistance to employees of the New Orleans alternative paper Gambit Weekly displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Checks will be going out to Gambit staffers early this week through AAN’s Alternative Newsweekly Foundation, the association said.

Donations can be made by checks payable to Alternative Newsweekly Foundation. The association suggested checks written by member companies include the word “Gambit Fund” in the memo section and checks written by individual AAN members participating in a matching-funds program should include the name of the company they work for. They should be sent to the foundation at 1250 Eye Street N.W., Suite 804, Washington, D.C. 20005.

To contribute by credit card, members can call AAN at 202-289-8484, or e-mail Tiffany Kildale at tkildale@aan.org.

At the weekend, AAN reported several significant contributions by about a dozen member papers and groups.

?The folks at Gambit have lost their homes and their jobs, and are without any source of income, and they need help,” AAN President Kenneth Neill, publisher of the Memphis Flyer, said in a statement. “This association is going to do everything it can to provide assistance in their time of need.”

AAN also established a forum for Gambit Weekly staff members to exchange their locations, well-being and contact information. The forum is on the AAN Web site here.

AAN also said it will help match Gambit staffers with other AAN-member papers for available temporary assignments or permanent positions. The association is developing a series of house ads members can use in print or online to solicit donations.

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