Offers of help pouring in — from newspapers, state press associations, Belarus

A short time after posting some initial photos of the devastation from last week’s storms and particularly the photo by the Herald-Leader’s Ryan Hermens showing the Mayfield Messenger building, expressions of sadness and concern and offers to let them know how to help came pouring in.

Close to two dozen press associations responded, from as far away as the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Messenger general manager Areia Hathcock felt the support throughout this brother/sisterhood of newspapers as well.

“It’s amazing the amount of emails and voicemails from other newspapers across the country wanting to help. If things ever settle down, I’m going to go back and make a list to thank them.”

Wednesday night, we received a communication on the KPA website “contact form” from a lady who owns two New York community newspapers, offering to spend her two weeks off at Christmas, volunteering for a newspaper in Western Kentucky who could use some help. We’ve also received calls from contractors and others willing to help who are looking for contact information of the area newspapers so they can make contact on what help is needed.

And also Wednesday, we received an email from Belarus in Eastern Europe, seeking the names and contact information for video journalists in the Western Kentucky area. We supplied contact information for several of the area newspapers, including WPSD-TV in Paducah, part of the Paxton Media Group.

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