APTOPIX Shootings Newspaper Moment of Silence

Rick Hutzell, right, the editor of the Capital Gazette, is joined by staff members Thursday as he rings a bell for the five employees of the Annapolis, Md., newspaper who were killed June 28 in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history.

Journalists cover controversy and tragedy on a regular basis, but the news on Thursday of five people slain in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, was particularly poignant.

Those four journalists and an advertising assistant have been forever removed from their important work of informing the public and recording history.

Wendi Winters won’t write about public art or therapeutic riding. John McNamara can’t report the score of another basketball game. Gerald Fischman will never write another thought-provoking, pointed editorial. Assistant editor Rob Hiaasen is unable to rewrite a lede to give it more punch. Rebecca Smith can’t help sell the ads that support the paper.

Their voices were silenced, and that is an enormous loss to the citizens of Annapolis and to the industry of journalism.

Community journalism is the bedrock of our democracy and should not be taken for granted. Journalists are not the enemy of the people, as President Trump has said. Journalists are advocates for the people. We are your friends and neighbors. We hold government, those in power and influence, and those who are unjust or unreasonable, publicly accountable for their actions.

Every day, reporters are the eyes and ears of the people. We sit through hours of government meetings, watch high school football games, attend court hearings, review plays, investigate tips and ask enough questions to break down complex issues for readers.

In this digital age of information overload, journalism provides a baseline for truth. When partisan politics threaten to divide us, ethical journalism can bring us together. It is reported, fact-checked, questioned, edited and screened for bias.

The News&Guide’s core values are truth, trust, excellence, reliability, community.

We view our role as being catalysts for an engaged and inspired community.

If you support community journalism and democracy, take action. Read the newspaper. Speak up when others try to tear it down. Don’t give in to fear and despair.

Journalism will not be silenced.

The editorial represents the opinion of the News&Guide’s editorial board: Editor Johanna Love, Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington, Publisher Kevin Olson and Associate Publisher Adam Meyer.

(8) comments

Chad guenter

During the 2016 presidential election, no media outlet exposed the links between both the Clintons and Trump to convicted pedophile/child sx trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. They also failed to report the dropping of a lawsuit the weekend before the election by a woman claiming she was raped at 13 by Trump at Epstein's home.

Journalism today is simply propaganda and programming for the masses.

David Malinsky

Another good place to start is in colleges. Much of the journalism taught is poisoned by politics from the beginning. Must start by cleaning house and not a better place than in our education systems.

Tim Rieser

Interesting. There are five comments. Two of them are incredibly stupid. That’s 40% which coincides with the national stupidity numbers. Jackson isn’t immune.

Christina Pearson

Wow. Ken's comment reads like something from The Onion. I kept reading and then realized that it was for real. Oh my.

Ken Chison

I do not in any way condone what happened at this newspaper. But, when journalists turning strictly political, they should be held accountable by their peers and the public. The constant bashing of our great Presdent and his family needs to stop. Nothing but lies and falsities are forever rampant in journalism today. Where is the outcry from the left over the way our President and his wife, daughters, and sons are treated? Instead of confronting these journalists, the left just cheers them on. The media has destroyed any faith or trust that the American people has ever had in them. They are destroying their own livelihoods and so be it. So, you as journalists need to ponder an important question. Do you want to let your political beliefs skew your honest reporting, or do you want to do honest reporting and leave politics out of it? A good place to start is right here at your little old home town paper.

TERRENCE MILAN

The guy that killed them was a garden variety nut job. According to what has been reported, his motives were personal not political. Some accounts said he was a ticking bomb, that just happened to pick journalists. But they weren't the only ones feeling threatened. Reading this it looks like you are looking for a fuhrer, not a president.

J Love Staff
Johanna Love

Ken,
The press reports what politicians do and say. Politicians do the business of the people. We're not bashing President Trump by reporting his phrase "enemy of the people" in this opinion column. The News&Guide is a small, community newspaper that does not focus on national politics. We are held accountable when we meet our readers at the grocery store or post office. We ascribe to the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics, and we strive to keep our reporting free of partisan bias. https://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

John Sinson

Unfortunately for you local journalists, we, your customers lump you in with your friends at the NYT and CNN.

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