Hours After A Shooting In Its Newsroom, The 'Capital Gazette' Shared Friday's Front Page

The paper paid tribute to the victims.

On Thursday afternoon, a gunman opened fire in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five people. By Thursday night, the paper had released its front page for Friday's edition. As reporter Chase Cook tweeted earlier in the day, "We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow."


The paper's Twitter account reiterated this sentiment later on, tweeting, "Yes, we're putting out a damn paper tomorrow," before sharing an image of Friday's front page. Photos of the five victims are featured at the top, above a story with the headline, "5 shot dead at The Capital."

The paper also left its Opinion page blank in Friday's edition, adding a note saying they are "speechless" and listing the names of the victims — Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. "Tomorrow this page will return to its steady purpose of offering our readers informed opinion about the world around them, that they might be better citizens," the message reads. 

According to CNN, the front page story has 10 bylines and was "largely a tribute to the staffers." Two pages have also been devoted to obituaries for the victims. On Thursday night, the paper's Twitter account paid tribute to those who died, writing that the paper "lost five members of our family."

After the shooting, editor Jimmy DeButts wrote on Twitter that the paper's employees "give all they have every day," adding, "We are there in times of tragedy. We do our best to share the stories of people, those who make our community better. Please understand, we do all this to serve our community."

Photojournalist Joshua McKerrow tweeted that he was covering the shooting with journalists Chase Cook and Pat Ferguson, also thanking the Baltimore Sun. "There will be a Capital Friday," he wrote.

As CNN points out, the Capital has received support from journalists and others on social media, some of whom have suggested people subscribe to the paper. New York Times writer Jacob Bernstein tweeted that people should "put money behind the idea journalists aren't enemies."

(H/T: Mashable)

Cover image: Mandel Ngan / Getty Images


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