While stories abound about the news media getting things wrong, one outlet got it right last week despite a horrific tragedy.
Less than 24 hours after a gunman with a grudge stormed their offices, opened fire and killed five employees, the Capital Gazette staff published their Friday morning edition. Chase Cook, a Capital reporter, was quoted as saying: "I don't know what else to do except this." Susan Rowell, president of the National Newspaper Association, says it's remarkable that the paper never missed a deadline.
"Everybody in the newspaper industry, of course, has been in shock," says the South Carolina journalist, "and my heart just burst with pride when I saw that they were doing that."
At the same time, Rowell says most newsrooms around the country would have tried to do the same. "In the midst of disaster, this horrific tragedy, they're going to make sure that they inform and educate their readers," she tells OneNewsNow. "Can't express the pride that not only [I feel], but everybody who works in this industry."
According to Rowell, the attack in Annapolis, Maryland, has newspapers around the country on alert. "The National Newspaper Association has these small newspapers – the non-dailies. We invite our readers into our offices every day," she explains. "Who would ever have thought that at a small community newspaper that you're in danger?
And she's hopeful the attack doesn't discourage those coming up the ranks. "It concerns me that young, talented journalists [might] begin to think that this is a dangerous career."
Rowell hopes that's not the case as she searches for the right word to describe the day that had both horror and heroism. "Just … just proud."