‘Dallas Morning News’ Offers Free Classifieds, Special Section for Katrina Victims

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By: E&P Staff

Like large dailies in several other Texas cities, The Dallas Morning News is trying hard to support the thousands of hurricane evacuees in its area.

Among its initiatives: The Dallas Morning News and youth/commuter tab Quick are being delivered daily, free of charge, to two of the main refugee centers, Reunion Arena and the Dallas Convention Center.

Other actions, according to the paper:

– Free classifieds will be available for organizations and individuals who want to provide free services or products such as lodging, meals, transportation, and laundry services, to those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The ads were placed beginning last Sunday, and started to run today.

– Also today, The Dallas Morning News produced a four-page special insert with a guide to Dallas, including maps and information about local support services, public transportation and more. The paper also ran a special “Hurricane Relief JobCenter” employment section.

– Dallasnews.com provides additional daily information.

“We are in a unique position to be able to inform people and help them start to make the most basic and urgent connections during their stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Jim Moroney, publisher of The Dallas Morning News, in a statement. “Helping our neighbors is part of our mission as a news and information organization.”

The Dallas Morning News is a subsidiary of Belo Corp.

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