Paper and Fire

For years, the editors and reporters at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland managed to publish a thriving local newspaper, staying ahead of one American trend. Sadly, they couldn’t stay ahead of another as the epidemic of gun violence burst into their newsroom. With five people dead and more injured, the survivors of the attack chose to do what they always do. Reporter Chase Cook summed it up. “I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.” And so they did.

+ Aside from covering a topic that hit so close to home, the one thing that changed about the newspaper on Friday was the opinion page. It was blank. Today, we are speechless.

+ “I remember telling our attorneys, ‘This is a guy who is going to come in and shoot us.'” Baltimore Sun: Alleged Annapolis Capital shooter Jarrod Ramos had long-running feud with paper. (The thing that will make this so ominous for reporters is that these days, almost everyone in the business receives agressive social media messages or outright threats.)

+ “Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.” So said President Trump following the attack. He added, “There are no words to express our sorrow.” No words is an optimal outcome in this case, since previously, the president’s words have called journalists the enemies of the American people, and sick people who “don’t like our country.”

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