News Leadership Groups Call For Moment Of Silence In Newsrooms Across Globe For Capital Gazette Tragedy

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone discusses newsroom safety tips with reporter Kirsten Laskey, left, Publisher Carol A. Clark and Lifestyles Editor Bonnie Gordon (taking photo) during a meeting today at the Los Alamos Daily Post newspaper. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Alfedo Carbajal, president American Society of News Editors
Jim Simon, president Associated Press Media Editors

The tragedy last Thursday at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., 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.

To honor those who lost their lives and to show support to those who lost family, friends, co-workers and peers, we ask newsrooms around the globe to join The Baltimore Sun Media Group in a moment of silence spent in contemplation, prayer, reflection or meditation at 2:33 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 5, 2018.

As we unite in solidarity behind the grit of the Capital Gazette team and its media family, let us remember the very real needs of those in Annapolis. Funds have been set up for the families of those lost and to assist the newsroom with its recovery. Please consider giving help where help is sorely needed.

ASNE and APME also encourage all newsrooms to review and share this two-page tip sheet we put together with some of the best wisdom of journalism organizations committed to journalist safety and the pursuit of a free and dedicated press corps.

With our arms and hearts wide open…

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