Dear reporters: We need you

I raise my glass to the ink-stained wretches. The kids and the curmudgeons who get up every day and tell us what we need to know. Who get crazy-ass letters written in crayon, who get paid in pennies. Who take the barbs and the hateful comments. And still get up every day and tell the stories of our communities and do their jobs because they are called to do it.

A Capital Gazette newspaper rack displays the day’s front page on Friday in Annapolis, Maryland. A man armed with smoke grenades and a shotgun attacked journalists in the newspaper’s building Thursday, killing five. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Thank you.

Today is a tough day. But we need you. Keep doing what you do.

David Farmer

About David Farmer

David Farmer is a political and media consultant in Portland, where he lives with his wife and two children. He was senior adviser to Democrat Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor and a longtime journalist. You can reach him at