|The Capital Gazette staff on Dec. 9, 2018.|
(TIME photo by Moises Saman)
"Journalists, as a species, generally despise being the subjects of the news. We sign up to see our names in the bylines, not the headlines. But events put the staff of the Capital Gazette in a new place," Sean Gregory reports. "As journalists, they were a new addition to the expanding annals of American gun violence—uniquely positioned to register all its impacts, from the initial moments so horrifying they draw the attention of the entire world, through the far longer period when that attention has moved on, and they don’t get to."
Capital Gazette staffers opened up to Gregory about how they're dealing with the trauma. Many have sought therapy and medication. One began making pottery. Above all, they kept doing their jobs. "Putting out the paper has value besides what’s in the paper," editor Rick Hutzell told Gregory. "Every day you’re here is another day farther away from what happened. Every day you’re here is another day when you’re alive. And we have friends who are not. Every day here is another day we can honor their memories, and do the work we love."