‘A new front’ in America’s epidemic of mass shootings

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Newsroom slayings in Maryland raise questions, fears 

We’ll get straight to the point. The harrowing mass shooting in a Maryland newsroom still leaves many questions. Here’s a look at selected stories on the attack at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis:

— Police say the gunmen specifically targeted the newspaper (The Baltimore Sun)

— Suspect, 38, nursed long animosity toward the paper (The New York Times

— ’For a country that has grown numb to mass shootings, this was a new front’ (The New York Times)

— Trump: “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.” (The Baltimore Sun)

— Deadliest day for U.S. journalists since 9/11 (The Washington Post)

— After the Capital Gazette shooting: the suspect, victims, rumors and fake flag accusations (Poynter)

— Capital Gazette journalist: "Please remember, we do all this to serve our community' (Poynter)

— An unwelcome reminder that journalism is dangerous work (Poynter)

— The Annapolis paper has been around so long it published the Declaration of Independence in July 1776 (NY Daily News)

— Before shooter or motive known, Hannity blames Maxine Waters (The Daily Beast)

— Editorial: 'We are deeply grateful to the police who arrived almost immediately" (The Baltimore Sun)

— 1,500+ people donate more than $60,000 to help journalists, families (GoFundMe)

The victims 

Rob Hiassen: "I would like to be paid for the occasional amusing remark" (Capital Gazette)

Gerald Fischman: Clever and quirky voice of a community newspaper (Capital Gazette

John McNamara: Sports reporting was his dream job (Capital Gazette)

Wendi Winters: A prolific writer who chronicled her community (Capital Gazette)

Rebecca Smith: A sales assistant with a sense of humor (Capital Gazette)

Resources for Day 2 reporting

— Interviewing victims and survivors (Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma)

— Best practices for covering mass shootings (Poynter)

— Journalism and Trauma (Poynter's News University)

In other news

HELPING FIND THE KIDS: The Texas Tribune and Frontline joined seven other news organizations from four nations in a crowdsourced effort to find the migrant children and parents who were separated by U.S. officials. Frontline says it will use the material for an upcoming documentary. So far, partner ProPublica says, it has located 99 facilities that house immigrant kids in the United States. The other members of the consortium are: The Intercept, UniNoticias, BuzzFeed News, Mexico’s Animal Político, Guatemala’s Plaza Pública and El Faro, from El Salvador.

‘TOO MANY KIDS, NOT ENOUGH STAFF’: Long hours. Exhaustion. That’s what seven current and former employees of facilities housing immigrant children tell ProPublica’s Kavitha Surana and Robert Faturechi. Said one employee at a shelter where one child escaped: “People are just too tired. They don’t have the strength. … Some of them are just like, ‘You know what? Just go.’”

PLAY NICE: Fox News’ new CEO, Suzanne Scott, told producers they will be “held accountable for anything said on their air, and that it was their job to head off any inappropriate remarks.” Politico said Scott’s comments, unprecedented at the network, came as more voices are criticizing Fox and several leading advertisers have dropped spots on the high-rated network.

THAT’S O-C-A-S-I-O: Major news outlets have to do a better job covering popular grassroots candidates and not act surprised when someone like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beats a longtime Democratic incumbent in a primary, Margaret Sullivan says. Former NYT editor Jill Abramson agrees.

NORM’S FIRST STEP: In a CJR interview, new Los Angeles Times editor Norman Pearlstine said he’s discovering "some really smart people who may not have felt that they were either being listened to or that they had opportunity to take on more authority or responsibility." Pearlstine says he’s also hunting “to fill in the holes,” reports Shaya Tayefe Mohajer.

A LOCAL NEWS GIFT: New York Public Radio and WNYC, which relaunched Gothamist after that site and related DNAinfo folded, has given a Chicago site the DNAinfo digital assets — including archives, social media pages and newsletter email addresses. The site, Block Club Chicago, gained use of the social accounts on Thursday. The site was formed by three former leaders of DNAinfo Chicago and formally launched June 13. With six dedicated reporters and freelancers, it’s making a mark in town — and its readers already have named a dog. We’ll have more Monday on Block Club, the gift and the site's way forward.

A HARD-EARNED REUNION: In what asylum advocates hope will be a harbinger, a federal judge in Chicago reunited a Brazilian mom and her 9-year-old son, who had been separated by U.S. authorities and detained as they sought asylum. The judge, Manish S. Shah, ruled that after four weeks' separation, which he opined was illegal, “the public has an interest in the constitutional right to familial integrity.” To keep the two separated “irreparably harms them both,” he wrote. Lidia K. Souza had cleared the first hurdle for asylum and had been released. She and her son, Diogo, will be staying with friends in Massachusetts. Souza had one plea for President Trump: “Don’t do this to the children,” she told The New York Times, which had tracked her case. “They shouldn’t be involved in this. They don’t deserve to go through this suffering.”

Mother and son reunited after US officials separated them at border
Lidia K. Souza smiles and pinches the cheek of her son Diogo after Diogo was reunited with his mother Thursday in Chicago. A federal judge freed the 9-year-old Diogo, who was separated from his mother at the U.S.-Mexico border in May. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

What we're reading

NO ONE IS INNOCENT: The torturous navel-gazing of the NYT in the Ali Watkins case. Vanity Fair's Joe Pompeo on the complicated case of a millennial superstar.

AFTER 'ME TOO': What happened to 20 people after they spoke out against sexual misconduct in Hollywood?

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Thanks to Kristen Hare for editing this.

And, after a week like this, let’s just get through Friday. See you Monday morning.


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