The National Press Club Offered to Help a Newspaper in the Bahamas. Here’s the Response.

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September 8, 2019 | By Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak | president@press.org

The National Press Club asked our colleagues in the Bahamas how we can help them to continue reporting the news in the aftermath of Dorian. This was the response from Eugene Duffy, managing editor of the Tribune in Nassau:

 

“Many thanks for your very kind offer of help, it is much appreciated. Here in Nassau we are about 150 miles south of where Dorian hit and with the exception of some torrential rain and local flood we were unaffected.

In material terms we have no issues, it’s just one of those jobs which swallows the day very quickly with everyone working flat out: you get get on with it.

The only thing I would ask is if you could get the message around your members who are reporting the disaster to try and highlight the fact it was not “The Bahamas” which was devastated – just two islands at the north our 550 mile long archipelago.

We rely massively on tourism here with annual three million Americans visiting us on cruise ships or by air. On Friday I was at the airport here in New Providence and there were NO tourists coming in from the States, which will be devastating for the economy here if it continues for any significant period.

If reporters can address this in copy or their on air reports it will help get the message across the vast majority of the country is still open for business.

Once again, many thanks for your generous offer of assistance.”

Regards,

Eugene Duffy
Managing Editor
The Tribune

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Nassau, Bahamas – September 8, 2019

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