Repost: CNN is Heart Broking

Friday 6.29.18

Our hearts are broken for our journalism colleagues in Maryland. Newsrooms are like families. They did what we do: work tirelessly to hold their leaders accountable, to chronicle their communities and, often, to deliver a bit of delight in a complicated world. We honor their legacy. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

By Doug Criss and Michelle Krupa

Maryland newspaper shooting

Five journalists were killed by a gunman as they worked — writing and editing stories, selling ads and crafting columns — at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. Survivors called it the stuff of nightmares: glass doors shattering, a lone shooter stalking through the office, firing at will on terrified employees. It was the deadliest day for US journalism since 9/11 and sent chills through newsrooms across the country, where covering mass shootings has become routine but an attack on our own seemed to elevate the horror. The victims are Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

The suspect, Jarrod Warren Ramos, was found hiding under a desk and arrested. He's charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Police believe he targeted the paper because he had a grudge against it over a 2011 article.

Hours after the shooting, the Capital Gazette tweeted this courageous line that reflects the power of journalism and the dedication of those who practice it: "Yes, we're putting out a damn paper tomorrow." And the staff did just that, with a front page bearing the photos of their five slain coworkers. "We are heartbroken, devastated," editor Rick Hutzell said. "Our colleagues and friends are gone."

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