By: Joe Strupp
The Iowa Newspaper Foundation has created a fund to raise money for journalists displaced or severely impacted by the recent floods.
Bill Monroe, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, which runs the foundation, said a letter went out to other newspaper associations nationwide and to Iowa journalists asking for contributions to the fund, which will be set aside for media workers impacted by the recent weather.
“It will go to all of our members asking for cash contributions for media employees who have been displaced from their homes or had belongings damaged in the past couple of weeks,” Monroe said of the letter. “There are a lot of people living at newspapers or with relatives.”
Monroe said the fund was prompted by numerous unsolicited offers of help from journalists around Iowa. He said the association also plans to create a database of journalists listing those who are seeking help and those who want to offer help.
“In Eastern Iowa, you have several papers affected,” Monroe said. Among those is The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, where Editor Steve Buttry says at least two of his staffers have lost their homes.
“Their homes are underwater,” says Buttry, who started at the paper just a week ago. “We’ve also got some carriers affected and employees in other departments.”
Monroe said donations can be sent to the Iowa Newspaper Foundation, 319 E. Fifth St., Des Moines, Iowa, 50309.