Like many small-town newspapers, the folks at the Minot Daily News are committed to being an important and engaged part of their community. But sadly, the latest big news the staff reported was the demise of their own town. As many of you may know through extensive media coverage, Minot experienced a devastating flood in June, inundating over a quarter of the city of approximately 40,000.
The actual newspaper office escaped the flooding of the Souris River by a mere 50 feet, but many of the publication’s staff did not fare as well. Many employees were evacuated from their homes and now face an even more uncertain future.
Although we aren’t always proud to be associated with every component of “the media,” we have nothing but admiration and compassion for the reporters at the Minot Daily News, who covered the devastation of their beloved hometown. In the midst of it all, the newspaper staff did a great job reporting on the flood—even as it destroyed their homes and broke their hearts (www.minotdailynews.com).
This compelling coverage serves to remind us that while the media model is certainly and painfully evolving, newspapers—especially community newspapers—continue to play a critical role, keeping the world informed about important events that affect us.
In support of this hardworking community, Odgen Newspapers Inc., the Minot paper’s parent company, set up a general fund for the town as well as one specifically for the affected employees of the daily on the paper’s homepage, so we can make tax-deductible contributions. Go to www.minotdailynews.com to find the “Support Minot Area Flood Relief” donate button on the right side of the page.
Maybe because we have the same ink running through our veins, or maybe because we can so easily envision the shoe being on the other foot, the small staff at the Maui Weekly made a generous contribution to our colleagues in Minot. And we would like you to join us. A flood of generosity, or even a small donation, will make a real difference.