Columnists Cover ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Attack

NSNC is honored to stand among these journalism organizations. Graphic courtesy of the Society of Professional Journalists.

NSNC is honored to stand among these journalism organizations. Click to enlarge graphic. Image[added 1/8/2015] courtesy of the Society of Professional Journalists

Journalists, American ones at least, keep a rope line between reportage and commentary, and by extension between photojournalism and illustration. U.S. discussions on news concentrate on the presentation of factual material.

If we accept, though, that journalism is inclusive in this continuum — and the major media practitioner societies show this by endorsing the “Je Suis Charlie” movement — then the profession’s columnists and cartoonists have a greater stake in the terrorist attack on the French weekly’s staff.

The personnel of Charlie Hebdo comprise the commentary end of the craft. Those were OUR brothers and sister who were shot — Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, Elsa Cayat, Georges Wolinski, Bernard Maris, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, Philippe Honoré, Jean “Cabu” Cabut and Mustapha Ourrad. The NSNC also honors the memories of police officers Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro (Charb’s bodyguard), maintenance worker Frédéric Boisseau, newsroom visitor Michel Renaud, and the others slain in related violence.

Here are published columns in all media by members of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists on the attacks in France. This post will be updated. (NSNC’ers, contact us for inclusion.)

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