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North Carolina newspaper refuses to let Hurricane Matthew stand in the way


As Hurricane Matthew approached the town of Lumberton, N.C., last October, Donnie Douglas, editor of The Robesonian, had a critical decision to make. How would he and the rest of the staff cover the impending hurricane, and most importantly, where would they do it from?

Regardless of what was about to happen, its newsroom understood that it would be the only source of information for much of Lumberton and Robeson County.

"We were very resilient, but also quite effective using the resources that we had, which were minimal. I went to Charlotte and worked remotely, and my managing editor was on the ground, with one or two reporters," Douglas said. "I have been in the business for 33 years, and I have never been more proud of what a newsroom I was part of accomplished."

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