Following reports of an active shooter at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, news organizations around the U.S. upped their security.
In New York City, police dispatched units to several news organizations to guard against copycat or coordinated attacks, USA Today reported. Since the Capital Gazette is owned by Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co., formerly Tronc, law enforcement there maintained real-time communication with the FBI and Annapolis police while checking in with local media outlets to stay ahead of any threats. Similar measures were taken at newsrooms spanning from Los Angeles to Nashville.
There aren’t usually NYPD officers lined up at the entrance to the NYT building. One of them said it was a “precaution” after the newsroom shooting in Annapolis. pic.twitter.com/Y7cWULCe2i
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) June 28, 2018
Federal officials told news organizations those precautions are common in the wake of mass shootings like the one at the Capital Gazette, where five journalists were killed in the 154th mass shooting of the year. But in the future, newsrooms obviously can’t rely on 24/7 protection from local police to ensure their safety — and as several journalists noted on Twitter yesterday, newsroom security is notoriously lax as budget cuts make it harder to keep full-time security staff.
“I think that news organizations of all sizes have to think very seriously about the security of their offices and access inside your building,” said Frank Smyth, executive director of Global Journalist Security — a journalist training company based in Washington, D.C. “News organizations
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/its-time-newsrooms-reevaluate-their-security-measures