Yes, I was eavesdropping.
I couldn’t help it.
The people standing in line behind us at the restaurant were talking rather loudly about the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, where a gunman entered the newsroom Thursday and cold-bloodily took the lives of five people. One member of the group standing in line said he was surprised the Capital Gazette still published a newspaper the next day.
That’s the DNA of a newsroom.
There are all types of folks in a typical newsroom: married, single, college grads, people who learned on the job, Baby-Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. Despite their different backgrounds, they have one thing in common.
It is what motivates them. What they strive to do every day is report the news as best as possible. Telling its readers the who, what, when, where, why and how of a story is their passion.
So it wasn’t surprising to see those journalists in Annapolis put a box around their emotions and focus on doing what they do best — get the story. Reportedly, someone was quoted as saying, “We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow,” and it became a rallying cry for the Capital Gazette staff. By all accounts, the news staffs put their hearts and souls into their jobs Thursday. They cried as they worked and worked as they cried.
Those who were away from the newsroom when the shootings occurred interviewed those who were there. They attended the news conferences held by local law enforcement and they shared notes about the killer, 38-year-old Jarrod Warren Ramos, who for seven years had harassed and threatened the newspaper’s journalists. His beef began after a columnist wrote a story describing how Ramos was convicted of harassing a woman.
I can only imagine the emotions that staff felt as they put the newspaper to bed Thursday night.
Their efforts were not surprising, but they were courageous.
I salute them for telling their story.
ROSES AND THORNS: A plethora of NFL prospects are lining up in the rose garden.
Rose: To Ray and Carolee Redd, of Lima. Their grandson, Taylor “T” Redd, was hired by the New England Patriots as a recruiter. Taylor was hired away from Wake Forest in the college ranks and will help the Patriots evaluate talent. His grandfather said the only thing that would have been better is if Taylor was hired by the Browns.
Rose: To Mrs. Plugger, Sondra Dreitzler, of Cridersville. On Sunday, she had at least her 13th submission illustrated in the syndicated comic strip “Pluggers.” Sondra first was published in “Pluggers” in April 2011.
Rose: Members of VFW Post 1275 in Lima are restoring a cannon that used to sit outside of Memorial Hall and now resides in the garage of Post Commander Butch Brewer. Dale Alkire is researching the cannon’s history.
Thorn: To Katie Bland, 35, of Continental, who pleaded guilty to having sexual relations at the Lima prison with an inmate with whom she had disciplinary authority.
Thorn: To $3-per-gallon for gasoline over the Fourth of July. Maybe an electric car isn’t a bad idea.
PARTING SHOT: A healthy sleep not only makes your life longer, but it also shortens the workday.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.