The author of this blog isÂ Les Anderson, associate director of the Elliott School of Communications at Wichita State University. He explains what he and his students are doing:
Like many journalists, I wished I had been able to help provide coverage of the devastating Greensburg tornado last May. And, like a lot of other people, I also wished I had been able to spend some time helping people in the area rebuild their lives.
For the next two weeks, my summer presession class at Wichita State University will be doing both: covering the rebuilding of Greensburg and those who have made it possible, and also volunteering. I’ve asked each student to spend at least one day as a volunteer.
My students and I will write, photograph and shoot video for the state’s 250-some newspapers. We’re working with theÂ Kansas Press Association,Â with the help of Cort Anderson, technology consultant for KPA. Cort spent time documenting through photos what the people of Greensburg experienced. He also volunteered his technology skills and helped set up a Web site that is being used by the volunteer center to coordinate the thousands of volunteers who have made their way to Greensburg.
We hope to interview some of those volunteers, as well as the people of Greensburg as they rebuild their community â€” and their lives. We welcome your story ideas.