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June 29, 2018


Elaine Viets

Thanks for a timely blog, Joanna. Local newspapers are important to our communities -- they cover the news that the big dailies don't bother to. So very sorry these five good people were lost to senseless violence.

Allyson McGill

Thank you for a meaningful post after a senseless tragedy....


Thank you for this, Joanna.


I majored in journalism too and loved being a reporter at my junior college. Now I work for a newspaper doing digital marketing and this hit way too close to home when I think of my colleagues at the paper and the time we spend in their building.

Great post Joanna.

Ann Stokes

Joanna.....I worked with you in Decatur, Illinois. I well remember your love of watching the paper become a living, breathing thing. Grief for all in this tragedy.

Lori Rader-Day

I was a journalism major at Ball State, too...

Thanks for this post.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Elaine, I know you have many memories like mine. That's how I first came to know you.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Allyson, I'm sure you feel for these folks, our DC neighbors, as I do.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Catriona, it felt like my duty not to let this go unsaid.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Marla, I'm sure you thought of your co-workers when you heard this. Good luck with the fires in Colorado, too.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Ann, I could picture us sitting there, behind that pony wall and the circulation department. Close enough that we could stand up and see the front door. What if this had happened to us? Where would we have run to? It sent chills down my spine.

Joanna Campbell Slan

Lori, Ball State gave us a great education but no one taught us where to hide when being shot at.

Storyteller Mary

Attacking the foundation of democracy, access to information and the ability to speak truth to power. I applaud their courage and determination to get their paper out even after that.
Your description of the presses reminded me of a friend back in the '70s who knew ASL when not many had any exposure to it. He said that many who worked the presses were deaf, not bothered by the noise, and that even those who weren't found sign a more effective way to communicate amid all the noise.

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