She started an aid network for laid-off journalists and it spread like wildfire


On the morning of Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, Kati Kokal was trying to keep up with news about the first week of school in her role as an education reporter at The Palm Beach Post. About two hours into her work day, the bombshell she’d been expecting landed: The Post’s owner Gannett began making layoffs that would over the next few weeks affect 3% of its U.S. workforce, about 400 workers.

Kokal, who’d been organizing a community aid response for laid-off Gannett employees in anticipation of the announcement, was suddenly flooded with direct messages.

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