Tomorrow, we expect a delivery of 20 computers to arrive in Miami from Dell Computers in Houston. The computers — 13 netbooks for basic reporting and 7 professional-grade laptops for editing — will then be shipped to Port-au-Prince and distributed to newspapers and journalists.
Two weeks ago, we piggy-backed on a delivery of supplies by the Associated Press to Haiti with two laptops of our own, destined for the left-leaning newspaper, Haiti Liberte.
With that delivery, our project has replaced three of the five computers that Haiti Liberte lost in the earthquake. The paper’s Port-au-Prince staff needs much more to get back to functional strength, including tents for homeless reporters and a new office. However, the computers mean the staff can begin covering local news for pages inserted into the paper, which is published in Miami.
The larger shipment replaces equipment lost several independent journalists and by Haiti’s largest newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, and its competitor Le Matin.
Following close on the heels of these deliveries will be shipments of cameras, tape recorders, printers, tents and other supplies that will boost the spirits of Haitian journalists and enable them to practice the craft they love.
Also in the next few weeks, we will begin to put into place a training program to help the journalists hone their skills. With these efforts we begin to move, agonizingly slow I’m afraid — but steadily — toward our goal of helping Haitian journalists help themselves.
How to Contribute
Journalists in Haiti desperately need equipment and basic shelter to continue their work. You can help by contributing money to purchase tents and supplies, or by directly contributing laptop computers, digital tape recorders, video cameras, and photo camera.
To make a tax-deductible donation, click on the donate button above or send a check payable to the ASNE FOUNDATION, 11690B Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191.
Equipment (laptops, digital recorders, camcorders, digital cameras, etc.) can be sent to the Miami Herald/ Newsroom; One Herald Plaza; Miami, FL, 33132. For new equipment, enclose an invoice showing the purchase price; for used equipment, include an estimate (conservative) of the current value of the item.
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