Friday, June 29, 2018

Weekly editors' group sends sympathy to Capital-Gazette; GoFundMe account set up to help journalists at daily

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The president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors has sent a letter to the daily Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., where five staffers were shot to death yesterday by a gunman angered at the newspaper's coverage of his legal troubles. (Staffers had been warned to call police if they saw him, The Wall Street Journal reports.)

"Our thoughts are with you and your staff," Steve Ranson wrote. "All journalists including our community editors, general managers and publishers — both active and retired — are family during this time of sorrow, and we all feel the pain from this senseless act."

Ranson, editor emeritus of the Lahontan Valley News in Fallon, Nev., added a localized note: "This community has considered ourselves as an unofficial sister city of Annapolis because of the many Navy pilots who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and are either assigned or have trained at Naval Air Station Fallon and the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center. Our community also sends its heartfelt thoughts to both the Capital Gazette family and residents of Annapolis."

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help journalists at the newspaper, which is owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group.

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