One Week After The 'Capital Gazette' Shooting, Newsrooms Around The Country Fell Silent

"Freedom of the press has never been so important."

Thursday marked one week since a gunman opened fire in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five of the newspaper's employees. To honor the victims, typically bustling newsrooms around the country fell silent at 2:33 p.m. Eastern Time, when the shooting began last week. 


According to CNN, the moment was requested by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Associated Press Media Editors (APME), who said in a statement, "The tragedy last Thursday at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, tears at our hearts, tugs at our compassion and calls forth our fears for the safety of all those on the front lines of truth, accountability and journalistic pursuit."

Journalists at the Capital Gazette itself also participated in the moment of silence. Current and former employees of the paper also marched in Wednesday's Fourth of July parade in Annapolis. They carried a banner with the paper's logo and wore T-shirts reading "Journalism Matters."

Capital Gazette editor Rick Hutzell reportedly rang a bell for each of the five victims on Thursday, in reference to the newsroom bell used to call the staff together. "Every time we ring that bell, we're going to think of our friends," Hutzell told his staff.

Newspaper offices, radio stations, television reporters, online journalists, and even the Newseum in Washington, D.C., fell silent to mark the time of the shooting, with many sharing photos of the moment on social media. The ASNE and the APME also suggested people donate to help the victims and their families. As the New York Times points out, data journalist Madi Alexander started a GoFundMe, which has raised almost $200,000.

See images from the moment of silence in newsrooms around the country below:

Cover image: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images


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