The world of journalism is mourning the deaths in Maryland.
“We’re all community journalists together and this hits home. This is personal. You start thinking about certainly when this happens to anyone it’s awful. But for me personally as a community journalist, it’s hard,” Jeremy Waltner said.
Jeremy Waltner is the editor at the Freeman Courier. When the staff at the newspaper heard about the shooting, they thought about the safety of their own newsroom.
“You do think about it. You think about how do you react to that? That’s the world we live in right now, and it’s frightening,” Waltner said.
The newspaper went to Facebook today and posted a response to the shooting saying quote, “When our president calls the news media the enemy of the people…we should not be surprised by the shooting…”
“There’s been no direct correlation with this shooting and politics necessarily. However, it matters. Words matter and it’s having an impact,” Walter said.
The recent shooting has also left some citizens of Freeman concerned.
“I guess it’s getting a little scary all these shootings that have been happening lately. You never know. You’re always worried for your own safety,” Cody Fransen said.
The Capital Gazette published a paper the day after the shooting. Waltner says that represents what it means to be a journalist.
“That reflects the kind of commitment journalism has to the greater good in providing accurate information and getting the news out there, regardless of whatever adversity they’re facing,” Waltner said.
This shooting marks the deadliest day in journalism in America since 9/11.
Click here to read the full Facebook post from the Freeman Courier: