It’s not news that yesterday there was a gunman who opened fire at The Capital Gazette building in Annapolis, Maryland, killing 5. It’s a sad reality, but that’s not why we’re covering this. We’re covering this because the paper still went to work and did their job, they printed a damn paper just hours after the massacre.
Yes, we’re putting out a damn paper tomorrow. https://t.co/ScNvIK1A4R
— Capital Gazette (@capgaznews) June 29, 2018
It’s as impressive as it is resilient. There is no better way to dilute the efforts of the shooter than to continue doing their job, something he clearly was trying to stop. The shooter had previously filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper after they ran a story of a harassment case he was in after he ruthlessly tried to contact an old high school classmate over Facebook. The article was titled, “Jarod wants to be your friend” and the charges were later dropped.
Journalists are some of the hardest working people out there, no let me correct that, newspaper journalists. I’m sure the only real journalists at 2BD (Taylor and John) could speak more about this, but I know for a fact that a lot of people overlook the newspaper. To be fair, it is statistically a dying medium and more often than not enjoyed by traditionalists and baby boomers. But newspapers are the foundation for most of the news you read and watch on a daily basis, as most outlets (including 2BD) pick their stories from research done by newspaper journalists.
I know this because I spent a day with Rex Smith, the editor and VP of the Times Union here in Albany. I did an interview with him for our Do The Next Good Thing project if you want to read about his take on newspapers today. Here’s a few excerpts:
“Currently only 20 percent of American adults use a newspaper all the time — they [others] get their news digitally. But in most communities, two-thirds of enterprise reporting comes from one source, and that’s the newspaper.”
“This job has become more difficult than ever due to the cynicism by an awful lot of the American people. People have less of a willingness to believe true things that are really true. While there are a lot of reasons people in America have lost confidence in their institutions, I am very angry, frankly, at politicians who claim that anything that is reported that doesn’t match their political agenda is untrue. We have a greater record of credibility than any elected official I know of.”
During a time of great adversity from the general public, this situation of extreme adversity proves the power and dedication of true journalists. They’re the OG of “no days off” and the world would improve if we all took notes from their work ethic. Can you think of one other profession outside of first responders who would jump back on their horse after something like this? The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez is out 4 weeks for straining his groin.
P.S. It’s gonna be hard to justify taking a “sick” day after this.
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