May 9, 2012

Newspaper, City Slowly Recover One Year After Twin Disasters

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It has been a year since the worst earthquake in Japan’s history and a subsequent tsunami destroyed the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, forcing the six-member staff of the Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun newspaper to produce daily editions by hand.

For six days, reporters and editors at the small daily used marker pens on poster-size paper to continue publishing a newspaper, despite complete power outages in the city and dire living conditions.

The Newseum documented the newspaper’s heroic efforts on its website April 12, 2011. Seven of the original handwritten copies are now part of the Newseum’s permanent collection of historic newspapers. One is currently displayed in the Time Warner World News Gallery.

In this dramatic documentary produced by students at Sugiyama Jogakuen University in Nagoya City, Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun editor-in-chief, Hiroyuki Takeuchi, takes readers behind the scenes of the staff’s determination to keep the citizens of Ishinomaki informed during the tragic events.

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