The staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, along with four other individual journalists.
The magazine called this year’s winners “the Guardians” and noted the winners’ work for “speaking out” to expose “the manipulation and the abuse of truth” around the world. The Capital Gazette staff was attacked in their newsroom in June. Five staff members were fatally shot.
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.
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.