We read with interest an article from the online magazine "The Independent - the Diaspora's Multicultural Voice" (Sept 30, 2017).
The article, written by Alita Singh, a reporter for The Daily Herald in Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, gives her views on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and it's affects on the newspaper.
After the storm, amid all the devastation, she found the building still standing, generators running enough for basic power, and the ability to connect to the internet. Not generally someone who reports over social media rather than in print, she felt the need to get the word out to locals in whatever way possible.
For fifteen days,The Daily Herald's readers were
kept informed and enlightened until the press was able to start up again on day sixteen.
Quoting Ms. Singh:
"I walked out smelling of ink. In the chaos, I think I have forgotten what ink smells like.
Then I remember as the humming picks up and the inky air drifts in. It is like putting my nose to a new book and inhaling deeply".
She concludes the article by saying, "Who says print is dead? Not even mean Tanty Irma. Not she self!"
Thank you to Debborah Pressley from our agent, Intergraph Corporation, and Steven De Windt from The Daily Herald for enabling us to learn about this article.
We are grateful for the tenacity of The Daily Herald, and that their employees as well as their machinery "weathered the storm" with such dignity.
A link to the copy of The Independent has been placed in our "Worth Reading" files.