Today’s front page of the day comes from The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. Like it did on Thursday, the Times devoted the entire front to the murders of local journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The lead story takes readers into the newsroom, how people at the station learned of the shootings and what it has been like to carry on after the two were killed on live television. Other stories on the page focus on the shooter, how he got his weapon and how Parker’s father, Andy Parker, is pushing for gun control.
“You look at this, you look at Newtown, you look at the movie theater shooter,” he said. “How many times does this have to happen before we take action as a country and the politicians grow some backbone and stop being lackeys of the NRA?”
In an interview with The Associated Press, Parker said he was reluctant to do interviews, “but Alison was a journalist, and she was a hell of a journalist, and I’m doing it for her because I think she would want this story told.”