Post-Katrina, ‘Sea Coast (Miss.) Echo’ Presses On From Publisher’s Dining Room

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By: E&P Staff

The Sea Coast Echo, a weekly with 7,500 customers in Waveland and Bay St. Louis, Miss., has not let a little thing like Hurricane Katrina stop it. The small staff may be forced from its mud-filled offices, but it continues to put out the paper, according to the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.

“One of the main things about a community newspaper is you’ve got to be there for the people,” Randy Ponder, the paper’s publisher, told the Clarion-Ledger. “These people have lost it all, everything.”

The Jackson paper reports that the print product is being produced from Ponder’s dining room, adding that their equipment consists of two computers and two cameras.

Ponder said that he believed subscribers would have understood if the newspaper staff left to take care of personal needs, “but that was never a consideration.”

The publisher also said deliveries to homes and businesses is not possible since most were evacuated or destroyed. So, instead, they are distributing the paper at locations where residents have gone for food and supplies.

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