Reporters at the Panama City News Herald and the Northwest Florida Daily News, as well as those from local television stations, were recently recognized in a CNN story for their use of social media channels to keep audiences up to date on the situation in Panama City.
Daily News reporter Annie Blanks tweeted that her colleagues at the News Herald were still putting out a newspaper despite the damage to their newsrooms and homes and lack of electricity and consistent cellular service.
The @nwfdailynews is sending a car full of supplies into Panama City to our colleagues at @The_News_Herald, who have been working without power & without basic needs since Wednesday but are STILL putting out their paper pic.twitter.com/7a1AnHnj9U
— Annie Blanks (@DailyNewsAnnie) October 12, 2018
In an email, Pat Dorsey, regional vice president for GateHouse’s Coastal Publishing Group, explained that though communication was difficult due to lack of phone service, newsrooms were able to coordinate the printing of papers at an alternative press in Montgomery, “There was only one cell phone that would work as all the towers were down, electricity out, etc. Nobody is sure why that phone worked and it could only call out of market, not within. They passed around and used it to keep us update and help coordinate support.”