University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism dedicated a seminar room to the five Capital Gazette employees who lost their lives in an attack on their newsroom. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)
COLLEGE PARK — On the day her late husband and his Annapolis Capital Gazette colleagues were recognized with a Time magazine cover and a plaque at the University of Maryland’s journalism college, Andrea Chamblee implored a roomful of journalists to resist the temptation to become numb to gun violence.
She told the story of a recent conversation with a veteran whose advice stuck with the grieving widow: “Get used to not getting used to it.”
“I need you writers to tell the story of all victims of gun violence,” Chamblee said. “I need you to get used to not getting used to it.”
The university’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism dedicated the Capital Gazette Memorial Seminar Room at Knight Hall with a ceremony Tuesday, just hours after the newspapers’ staff found out they and their five fallen colleagues were among the 2018 Time Person of the Year honorees — a surprise to the staff, who had not been told they would be receiving the magazine’s top honor.
Trif Alatzas, editor and publisher of the Baltimore Sun Media Group, which includes the Capital Gazette, said he wasn’t surprised to get an email from Dalglish moments after the shooting to offer whatever the college could give to help the newspaper move forward.
He, like others, teared up as he repeated the names of the fallen staffers.
“We miss them terribly and we think of them every day,” he said. “And we know how proud they would be of their colleagues who have continued their exceptional work in Annapolis in the face of this tragedy.”