Foundation to raise support, funds for fallen journalists memorial in DC

Foundation to raise support, funds for fallen journalists memorial in DC
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A new foundation is looking to create a memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor journalists that have died while working. 

The announcement comes days ahead of the first anniversary of the Capital Gazette attack that killed five journalists in Annapolis, Md., CNN reports

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Bipartisan legislation will be introduced in the House and Senate to create the memorial and establish the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation, according to the foundation's release.

“The memorial will pay tribute to heroes who have sacrificed their lives in the name of a free press. We look forward to working with policymakers and fellow journalists to see this project come to fruition," said David Dreier, chairman of the Tribune Publishing Company.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI), the nonprofit affiliate of the National Press Club, will host the foundation.

Veteran journalist Barbara Cochran, professor and director of the Washington program and the University of Missouri School of Journalism and NPCJI chair, will serve as foundation president. 

Capital Gazette employees were allegedly shot by Jarrod Ramos, a man reportedly angered by an article the paper published involving him, last June. The Capital staff published a paper the day after the attack.