By: Jay DeFoore
The New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA) is urging its members to help fellow journalists affected by Hurricane Katrina by donating money and equipment.
“What our friends are facing is staggering, unimaginable,” NYPPA’s David Handschuh, a photojournalist with The Daily News who covered 9/11, wrote recently.
Handschuh is urging New York area photographers to donate clothing, non-perishable or canned food, and working camera equipment by Friday, Sept. 16. Items delivered to the NYPPA office, located at 225 West 36th St., Suite 1-P, will be distribute to New Orleans Times-Picayune staffers after Friday’s deadline.
Handschuh is also urging fellow photographers to lend their moral support to their beleaguered colleagues. “I’d also like to encourage our members and every photographer, to send a card, a note or a banner to Photo staffs in New Orleans,” Handschuh wrote. “A friend in the Times-Picayune newsroom wrote, ‘Cards, with heartfelt sentiments, would mean a lot. Banners they can hang, something inspiring, would be good. They need some ‘YOU GUYS ROCK’ type inspiration more than anything else. I know it sounds corny, but we’ve got nothing.'”
The mailing address is:
New Orleans Times-Picayune Photo Staff
c/o The Department of Journalism/Student Newspaper/Manship
The Department of Journalism
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Handschuh, who was nearly crushed from falling debris while covering the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11, is planning a “town hall meeting,” set for late September or early October, to help journalists who covered Katrina deal with any emotional trauma they may have suffered as a result.
“Many [journalists who covered Katrina] have witnessed and recorded death and human suffering beyond their expectations and have no resources or outlets to deal with the nightmares that might follow,” Handschuh wrote. “We’ll have plenty of photographers and a few trained, volunteer counselors present to chat as needed.”