NABJ working to help Haiti earthquake victims
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Posted by: kathy times
February 10, 2010
Dear NABJ member:
We have all watched the crisis in Haiti with
heartbreak, pain and sometimes awe. With 200,000 people feared dead and
more than one million displaced, last month's devastating earthquake
is one of the worst natural disasters to affect the Western Hemisphere.
NABJ is working to respond to this tragedy by reaching out to members
who are familiar with the landscape, and asking them to help us
coordinate an action plan.
NABJ World Affairs Task Force co-chairs, John
Yearwood and Djibril Diallo have graciously agreed to help guide us.
John is the Miami Herald's World Editor and has just returned stateside
after spending 10 days coordinating the newspaper's coverage from
Port-au-Prince. You'll recall after Hurricane Katrina, John was
instrumental in setting up the NABJ fellowships that allowed members to
do independent reporting from New Orleans.
Djibril is the Special Adviser to the Executive
Director of UNAIDS, and has worked on disasters around the world
through his assignments with various United Nations agencies.
Millions have been raised on behalf of Haiti, but
there is still a great need to send more help. I believe NABJ is
well-positioned to help fill a void, specifically helping Haitian
John and Djibril will be part of a team assessing the situation and will report back to me.
If you have any ideas or would like to be involved, please e-mail John, email@example.com or Djibril at DialloD@unaids.org.
NABJ member Harriet Vaughan has compiled a list of
NABJ members and other African American journalists who are covering
the Haiti disaster. The list along with links to samples of their work
is available on our Facebook page under the Discussions tab.
We invite you to join the more than 2,300 people who are members of the page. Yours in Service,
Kathy Y. Times