On Twitter, the Capital Gazette wrote, “Our staff is among those honored as @TIME’s Person of the Year.”
Paul W. Gillespie, a photographer at the Capital Gazette, tweeted that he was “humbled” to be a part of those honored, and he thanked Time.
He went on: “Now I am crying thinking about all the things that happened that day. . . . How I wish none of it happened and my five @capgaznews family members were still here with us.”
On Tuesday, a memorial dedication ceremony is planned for the slain Gazette employees at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Others recognized by Time include Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist who was killed at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul in October; Maria Ressa, who runs an online news site in the Philippines; and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were arrested in Myanmar.
The magazine honors a person or group of people who it believes most influenced the world and the news during the previous year.
Five dead in Capital Gazette shooting; suspect Jarrod Ramos is in custody, police say
Those killed in the shooting at the Capital Gazette were Rob Hiaasen and Gerald Fischman, who were columnists and editors; John McNamara, a sports reporter; Rebecca Smith, a sales assistant; and Wendi Winters, a community reporter.
The suspect, Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was captured by police and faces charges of first-degree murder.
A few hours after the shooting at the Capital Gazette, reporter Chase Cook said: “I can tell you this. We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow.” The message was widely shared on social media.
The Gazette is owned by Tronc through a subsidiary of the Baltimore Sun Media Group.
Read more about the honorees
●Maria Ressa: The warning offered by a Filipina journalist targeted by her country’s president
●Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo: Two journalists exposed a massacre in Myanmar. Now they’ll be awarded for their work — from prison
●Jamal Khashoggi’s last column: What the Arab world needs most is free expression