From AJR, September 1998 issue
Shooting the Messenger
A fiesty, small town paper faces gunfire.
By Lori Robertson
Lori Robertson (email@example.com), a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.
Kansas' Marion County Record , circulation 3,000, practices the kind of aggressive reporting that often angers members of the community, says Publisher Bill Meyer . Even so, it was a bit of a surprise when the windows of the paper's office became targets for someone wielding a pellet gun. Police in the small town of Marion, population 2,000, believe the July 30 incident stems from an article about a woman who had been evicted and left three of her children alone in a local park. This marks the second time Meyer, who has been with the family-owned weekly for 50 years, has seen the paper's windows shot out; he's taking the damage in stride. ``I ran a picture and a story about it, and I described it as a cowardly act," he says. ``We [the paper] speak and they know who we are. But people who do that are hiding."