Sunday sampler


Had to publish this front page of the Daily News in Jacksonville. Tina Brooks’ photo is an award winner. (Image courtesy of the Newseum.)

Raleigh: One of the many values of newspaper journalism is that while the world moves on from catastrophe, newspapers revisit it. The N&O reminds us that though Hurricane Florence hit the N.C. coast 16 months ago, its impact lingers. “While about 720,000 people received temporary disaster food benefits in the three months following Florence, state and federal programs addressing food security often are geared toward the immediate aftermath of a disaster, not the long-term recovery. That has left a mixture of nonprofits, volunteers and officials trying to fill holes the storm blew through pocketbooks, even as survivors scramble to save every dime to rebuild. The Food Bank distributed 15 million pounds of food, water and supplies for disaster relief in the first year after Florence.” Charlotte and Greensboro published the same story on their front pages.

Winston-Salem: The Journal reports: “In early September, 12 university Wake Forest faculty and staff members received racist and homophobic emails that called for a purge of minorities and members of the LGBTQ community. The emails came months after Wake Forest found itself at the center of controversy after images surfaced of white students in blackface and posing in front of Confederate flags in old editions of The Howler, the university’s yearbook.”

Asheville: The Green New Deal has gone local, the Citizen-Times reports. A city council member “is proposing a local ‘Green New Deal,’ including what he said would be the state’s largest “community” solar farm and a renewal of the 1970s “dollar-a-lot” program to help lower-income residents buy homes.” “We need tangible efforts to strengthen our climate resilience, get more people riding the bus, and prepare families to move from a position of surviving to thriving with better jobs, better homes, and better lives,” he said.