Capital Gazette Staffers Speak Out After Shooting: ‘Nothing I Want to Do More Than Get Back to Work’


Three journalists for the Capital Gazette spoke to CNN’s Brian Stelter this morning about the horrific shooting Thursday when five people were killed.

Reporters Rachael Pacella and Phil Davis spoke with Stelter first about surviving the horrific shooting and what was going through their minds at the time and in the immediate aftermath of their colleagues’ deaths.

Davis said he agreed with fellow reporter Chase Cook‘s sentiment Thursday that “we are putting out a damn paper tomorrow”. Pacella said she was “very proud of my colleagues,” telling Stelter that when she was in the ambulance one of the things she wondered was whether there would be a paper the next day.

She also said she wondered to herself, “What could we have done to make people hate us so much?”

When Stelter asked them if they’ve had any second thoughts about working in journalism, Pacella said, “I want to be a journalist. It’s who I am.” Davis said, “When you get attached to this industry, it becomes such an intricate part of your life, something that you really can’t lose and something that people can’t take away from you.”

Stelter spoke next with Capital Gazette photojournalist Joshua McKerrow about how the staff worked to put together a paper for the day after this tragedy.

“We did what any newsroom would have done,” McKerrow said. “When I arrived on scene, I just did my job. I photographed what was happening.”

Stelter asked, “How do you think this is going to change the paper?”

McKerrow responded:

“I think it’s going to make us stronger. Journalists, especially newspaper journalists––and especially community newspaper journalists––they’re a special bunch. So many people have come through the Capital newsroom over the decades. They knew the mission and they all know the mission. I think this will only re-dedicate us… to this mission. I mean, this isn’t going to stop us. When I think about my friends that we lost, there’s nothing I want to do more than get back to work and put out another newspaper and get back to covering my town, my neighbors.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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