Online news sites have spent months preparing for the Sept. 11 anniversary. CyberJournalist.net has compiled a look at some of the most outstanding and most interesting work published online. Continue reading…
The Sept. 11 attacks marked a milestone for
online news coverage. Like the death of Princess Diana and the 2000
presidential elections, users flocked online in record numbers and
news organizations put unprecedented resources into their online
Online news sites’ coverage of the attacks and
their aftermath was some of the best work they’ve ever done, and the
gave new prominence to "do-it-yourself journalism"
such as Web logs.
news sites spent months preparing for the Sept.
11 anniversary. With so much time to
plan and produce — and with very little fresh news — the coverage
is, naturally, very different. It tends to be more polished,
prepackaged and in-depth.
Whether you are a print, broadcast or online
journalist, studying this work can be a great way to get fresh ideas
and learn how to tell stories in new ways. And to learn how to
better use your news organization’s Web site to reach readers. Most
of these techniques can be used to tell just about any type of news
story, from local political issues to horrific crimes.
Below is a list of some of the most interesting
and outstanding online anniversary coverage (please
send in more examples). For comparison’s sake,
here’s a look back at some of the best
coverage of the attacks published online one year ago.
Read, listen, watch, explore, interact. Study, and learn.
Sept. 11 Anniversary
NPR.org, Sonic Memorial.
NPR’s Lost and Found Sound and the public broadcasting
community collected sounds related to Sept. 11, in part through a
phone line that hundreds of people from around the world have
called. The Sonic Memorial project is an impressive
searchable audio archive of
immediate, first-person accounts chronicling this historic event
from almost every vantage point. The site’s unique
Sonic Browser interface
enables users to zoom in and out on specific sounds while ambient
audio plays in the background.
"Rebuilding a Fortress,
Rebuilding a Life"
videojournalist Travis Fox spent four months with a sheet metal
worker who is helping rebuild the Pentagon after his son was
killed in the Sept. 11 attack there. The documentary he produced,
"Rebuilding a Fortress, Rebuilding a Life," is first-rate, but
what makes it so noteworthy is that ABC News aired his piece Aug.
16, 2002, on "Nightline UpClose." This is the first time a
nationally broadcast television news program was based entirely on
a documentary produced by a news Web site, according to Poynter’s
San Jose Mercury News/Knight Ridder, Voices: A series of
portraits and audio interviews with New Yorkers, plus an
audio interview with columnist Dave Barry and an audio reading by
Leonard Pitts Jr. of a legendary column he wrote on Sept. 11.
WashingtonPost.com, A Year of Terror, Change and War:
Video montage of the sights and sounds from the past year.
New York Times, "Above Lower Manhattan." Vincent Laforet
describes how he shot The New York Times "A Nation Challenged"
cover photo for
Sept. 11, 2002.
CNN.com, World Trade Center: Your Proposals: CNN.com asked
readers to send in their proposals on how to rebuild the World
Trade Center site, got more than 1,900 submissions, and published
them online in a fascinating gallery.
Touched By Terror:
In audio and text, readers tell their stories of how Sept. 11
Washington Post, In Their Own Words: Washington-area
residents share their thoughts on the terrorist attacks and how
they’ve change their lives.
Herald-Record, A Day in September. The Middletown,
N.Y., newspaper interviewed dozens of local people about their
9/11 experiences and published the audio and transcripts from them
on this site, arranged in order to tell a chronological story.
CNN.com, Faces of Sept. 11: CNN.com asked readers to send
in stories of people who were unsung heros of Sept. 11 and
published some of their words, plus additional information about
calendar look at all the Sept. 11-related news in the past year.
MSNBC.com, Moment by Moment: An interactive timeline
that incorporates video and details everything of significance
that happened on Sept. 11 hour-by-hour.
CNN.com, Fighting Terror: From airport security to
anthrax, am interactive timeline of the nation’s war against
New York Times, A Year of War, Anxiety and Questions:
Separate, simple timelines on the past year in NYC, anthrax, the
war abroad and domestic defense.
Sept. 11 And Since: A simple look at the
sequence of events on Sept. 11 and the days that followed, plus
Since 9/11, The Events of the Past Year: Day-by-day
calendar look at all the Sept. 11-related news in the past year.
ABCNEWS.com, Diary of Death:
Day-by-day calender look at all
the Sept. 11-related news in the past year.
Photo essays and interactive features
Journal-Constitution, New York, Then and Now:
This slide show rotates between Sept. 11 photos and
present-day images from the same scene, providing an interesting
Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 10, Then and Now: A
statistical look at how American has changed in the past year,
presented in an interactive format.
The New York Times, The Faces of 9/11:
New York Times photographers narrate slide shows of the photos
they took on Sept. 11, 2001, describing the scenes and their
New Yorkers’ Spirit in a Year of Recovery:
Powerful, narrated slide show with commentary by columnist Ellis
Newsweek.com, Ground Zero, One Year Later: Using IPIX
360-degree photo technology, users can zoom in on various
locations around Ground Zero.
USA Today, Four hours of fear: Interactive
documentary, incorporating video, that looks at what happened
inside the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
WashingtonPost.com: The Aftermath: Photo essay, with commentary by
Images of an American Tragedy: Multimedia gallery of
slide shows that blend photos, audio and video about the aftermath
of the attacks.
CBSNews.com, The Heart of the Tragedy:
CBS News’ John Roberts reports on the grim task of
determining terror’s toll in this interactive documentary.
Associated Press, The Missing:
Documentary-style photo essay
Savannah Morning News, How We Changed: Flash slide show
Seattle Times, Crossing America: In the aftermath of
the Sept. 11 attacks, Seattle Times reporter Alex Tizon and
photographer Alan Berner crossed the nation to gauge the mood of
the people. As the anniversary of the attacks approaches, they hit
the road again, building online slide shows to complement their
USA Today, Rebuilding the Pentagon: Interactive
documentary on the rebuilding of the Pentagon.
Poynter.org, September 11 Gallery: This collection of
images of newspaper front pages compares Sept. 11, 2002, front
pages to those of a year ago.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Sept. 11, One Year On: The
day that changed history as seen through the eyes of the
Herald’s correspondents who were on the spot in New York
and Washington. A Flash multimedia presentation using pictures,
graphics and audio.
Tribune Publishing Company newspapers, Remembering the Lost:
number of sites have put databases of the victims online, but this one, compiled by
11 Tribune newspapers, is the
most comprehensive. It
combines the powerful information delivery of a database with an
online memorial to the
victims, including photos and descriptions of many of the victims.
York Times, Portraits of Grief:
Here you can search and read all of The Times Portraits of
Grief series about Sept. 11 victims, hear Times’ editors discuss
the series and even read and add to
a collection of
tributes to the victims.
Sept. 11: A Memorial: Database of victims, including
memorial tributes for some.
NBC10.com (Philadelphia), Virtual Memorial: Messages from
individuals across America, categorized by state and an
interactive map of the U.S. Users can "light" their own "virtual
Online memorial site from Yahoo that incorporates news stories and lets
readers create memorial tiles.
Poynter.org, Sept. 11, 2002: Chronicling the Coverage:
Poynter faculty and readers list anniversary coverage
they find interesting.
San Jose Mercury News, 9.11 Blog: Good Morning Silicon
Valley Web logger John Paczkowski culled together this list of
coverage across the Web.
Christian Science Monitor, Reflections on Sept. 11:
Reporters filed dispatches about 9/11 throughout the day to a Web
How the Web Covered 9/11:
Ky.) Courier-Journal Web site’s
staff sifted through Sept. 11 content on other Web sites and
posted reports and links in its public
Other interesting online stories/packages
New York Times, Thinking Big: A plan for Ground Zero and Beyond:
Over the last three months, some of the world’s most
accomplished architects collaborated on a far-ranging scheme to
rebuild not only Ground Zero, but to reimagine much of Lower
Manhattan. The New York Times Magazine’s Sept. 8 cover
story explored their work, but since by nature much of the story
was visual, the Magazine wisely supplemented it with a nice online interactive presentation that
lets readers view the designs and listen to the architects discuss
CNN.com: How prepared is your city?
A look at how secure the nation’s 30 largest cities are and what
steps they’ve taken since Sept. 11, including "report cards" for
each of the cities.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, How our culture is responding: From
the arts to religion.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, After math:
A statistical survey of the United States a
year after the attacks.
L.A. Daily News
Remembers 9-11: The Los Angeles Newspaper Group replaced
the home page of its eight newspapers with a memorial, a scrolling
presentation of the names of those lost on Sept. 11 against a
black blackground with the Twin Towers in silhouette.
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Orange County Register
Sydney Morning Herald