Who will screw up 9/11 remembrances today?

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. 13 years later: Newspaper front pages from Sept. 11, 2001, extra and p.m. editions (Poynter) and from Sept. 12, 2001 (Poynter) | 9/11 is so freighted that the intentions of media outlets and brands often go awry. Sydney, Australia’s Daily Telegraph “tweeted an image of New York during the 9/11 attacks to accompany its story on Australia’s terror threat level.” (BuzzFeed) | Last year Esquire ran the headline “Making Your Morning Commute More Stylish” next to Richard Drew‘s photo of a man falling from a WTC tower, then told horrified readers to “Relax.” (Poynter) | And AT&T doinked a terrible tribute tweet. (WP)
  2. Disrupters disrupt disruption: Disruption! Vanity Fair saluted a “new breed of journo-entrepreneurs strike out on their own, cutting to the chase and influencing the masses without (much of) a filter.” They were all white, and mostly men. (Vanity Fair) | Disrupted! Kristen Hare suggested some more diverse additions to VF’s list. (Poynter) | Disrupters disrupted! Erik Wemple suggested that before hectoring other organizations for diversity, Poynter should look at its own leadership. (WP) | Disrupting disruption! “As a very preliminary step, if publications insisted on putting women and minorities on their stupid, arbitrary lists, it would elevate those entrepreneurs and founders. It might help break down the deep stereotypes that help to discourage women and minorities from becoming entrepreneurs in the first place.” (New York)
  3. The Ray Rice story is not going away: A law enforcement official says he sent the tape to the NFL in April. (AP) | A list of NFL players’ arrests on domestic violence charges, and the league’s weak responses. (Sidespin)
  4. Guardian offers membership, shed: Editor Alan Rusbridger Thursday announced a way to “a closer part of the community of journalists, readers and friends of an institution that has been around for well over 190 years”: Paying for a membership. One of the benefits: Events at the “Midland Goods Shed over the road from our offices, where we will host discussions, events and screenings, and provide an area for general relaxation for all.” (Guardian) | One of the membership levels costs nothing. Ken Doctor: “If The Guardian could move 1 percent of those 105 million unique visitors to even free registration, that’s one million known customers.” (Nieman)
  5. Good media criticism from Brewers’ manager: Ron Roenicke complains that reporters often ask a question, then write a story that omits the question, making it appear as if the idea initiated with him. “[W]hen there’s no question there, it appears I’m the one bringing it up,” Roenicke said. (Brew Beat)
  6. What it means when you say ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State: “This situation is moving so fast — the many explainers written about ISIS v. ISIL in June are already a few steps behind — and the Islamic State’s identity is changing so rapidly that it seems futile to treat acronyms as a magnifying glass,” Jaime Fuller writes. (WP)
  7. SpinMedia cuts staff, ends Vibe’s print edition: 19 jobs lost affecting mostly employees in print-related jobs. “If we’re not going to be putting together print pages anymore and designing print, we really don’t need those design platforms,” CEO Stephen Blackwell tells Peter Sterne. (Capital)
  8. Advice for political reporters: “1. Today Rarely Changes Everything.” (PBS MediaShift)
  9. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: A towering text treatment from Scottsboro, Alabama’s Daily Sentinel. (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Jay Carney is now a political commentator for CNN. He was the White House press secretary. (Poynter) | Timothy Noah will lead a pro-labor vertical at Politico. He has written for MSNBC and The New Republic. Brian Mahoney will be a reporter for the new vertical. Perviously, he covered federal courts for Law360. Elana Schor will be an energy reporter for Politico Pro. Previously, she was a reporter at Environment and Energy News. Kate Tummarello will be a technology reporter for Politico Pro. Previously, she was a staff writer at The Hill. Heather Caygle will cover transportation for Politico Pro. Previously, she covered transportation policy for Bloomberg. Emily Kopp is now a web producer for ProWeb. Previously, she was a senior editor at the Georgia Political Review. Cogan Schneier is a web producer for Politico Pro. She was digital news editor The Badger Herald. (Via email) | Michael Catalini will cover New Jersey politics for The Associated Press. Previously, he was a staff correspondent for the National Journal. (@mikecatalini) | Kelley Carter is now a senior entertainment editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, she was an entertainment editor for Ebony magazine. (@WesleyLowery) | Gordon Lubold will cover the U.S. military for Defense One. Previously, he was a national security reporter for Foreign Policy. Marcus Weisgerber will cover national security for Defense One. previously, he was a Pentagon correspondent for Defense News. (Email) | Hayes Brown will be a world editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was an editor at Think Progress. (‏@HayesBrown) | Isabelle Khurshudyan will cover high school sports for The Washington Post. She was an intern there. (The Washington Post) | Steven Sloan will be assistant managing editor of enterprise for CNN Politics. Previously, he was Politico’s Congress editor. Jedd Rosche will be morning breaking news editor for CNN Politics. Previously, he was deputy breaking news editor for Politico. Eric Bradner is a breaking news reporter for CNN Politics. Previously, he was a trade reporter for Politico Pro. (Via email) | Job of the day: Gannett is looking for national security reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would like me to send you this roundup each morning? Please email me: abeaujon@poynter.org.

Correction: This post originally attributed Peter Sterne’s piece to Jeremy Barr. Read more

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‘We were there.’ Newspapers remember 9/11

Often when I gather collections of front pages, I’m struck by the similarities. Today, it’s the variety of stories, themes and images that’s striking. There’s healing, education, memorials and war. The stories are told and shown in concrete and abstract ways. Some reflect the country, while others look into their communities. Here’s a collection of newspapers marking the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001, courtesy Newseum. Newseum also has collections of 9/11 front pages from September 12, 2001, September 11, 2008, and September 11, 2011.

From The Daily Sentinel in Scottsboro, Alabama:


From Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario, California:


From News Herald in Panama City, Florida:


From The Villages Daily Sun in The Villages, Florida:


From Asbury Park Press in Neptune, New Jersey:


From AM New York in New York, New York:


From The Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York:


From The Intelligencer in Doylestown, Pennsylvania:


From Gettysburg Times in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania:


From The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:


From The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah:


And from Stars and Stripes – Pacific Edition, in Tokyo, Japan:

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Today in media history: 9/11 coverage on Poynter.org

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Bill Mitchell, the editor of Poynter.org, asked me to compile an online resource page about the terrorist attacks.

It was an incredibly busy day as we began posting articles and newspaper front pages about September 11th. Coverage continued for months. A book was soon published.

For the tenth anniversary Poynter updated its book and posted front pages about the 9/11 decade.

Now, thirteen years later, we look back at a few excerpts from Poynter’s original 9/11 stories.

Poynter.org, September 2001

Poynter.org, September 2001

Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark wrote this:

“Doesn’t my brother Ted work near there?

That was the first question I asked myself after witnessing, live on
the air, the second plane crash into what was once the World Trade
Center. I later heard Dan Rather report that 50,000 people work in
those towers, the population of a small city.

But, no, Ted doesn’t work there any more. A moment of relief. Then the
phone calls began. First my wife from the hospital where she works,
‘Are you watching this?’ Then from my daughter Emily from her cell
phone driving to work, ‘What’s going on?’ Then my daughter Alison from
work in Atlanta, her voice shaking. And then finally from my mother on
Long Island, ‘Theresa works on the 57th Floor.’

…And though the elements of news are wide and catastrophic: the Twin
Towers, destroyed; four planes hijacked and used in suicide crashes;
the suspicion of large-scale international terrorism; the Pentagon
attacked; the houses of our government, abandoned; financial markets
closed; air travel everywhere suspended — in spite of those
earthshaking developments, let’s try, as journalists to keep in mind
the thousands of personal stories that will emerge in the days,
months, and years ahead.

When I got to my office, a note was taped to my computer. It was from
my mother: ‘Theresa is safe. She walked to her father’s apartment.’ I
called my daughter in Atlanta, who was so distraught she had left work
for home. ‘Thank God, thank God,’ she cried. There will be many more
cries of joy and pain in the days ahead.”

— “This is Personal. Over Time, Let’s Help People Tell Their Stories.
By Roy Peter Clark, Poynter, September 11, 2001

“September 11, 2001: A Collection of Newspaper Front Pages Selected by The Poynter Institute”

“September 11, 2001: A Collection of Newspaper Front Pages Selected by The Poynter Institute”

From Poynter’s Jill Geisler:

“Tuesday’s events had the power of an earthquake.

Newsroom leaders, prepare for the aftershocks.

As powerful and disturbing as the ‘big picture’ stories have been, it
is the smaller stories that will take their toll on those who consume
news — and those who produce it.

Famous names will be in the news, affected by or connected to the
story. Not-famous-at-all people will be in their company, and their
stories must not be overshadowed.

….Newsroom leaders would be wise to assume that their employees are in
pain. That the adrenalin of first-day coverage and the energy of
follow-up enterprise give way to exhaustion and depression. Assume
they need your close attention. Feed them well; physically,
emotionally and intellectually.

Know each person well enough to know when to give them rest, when to
give them a change of assignment, and when work is exactly what they
need to feel they are doing something of value. Listen to the ones who
need to talk about what they’ve seen and how they feel. Be alert to
those who seem to keep things bottled up. Find ways to reach them.
Make professional counseling available for those who need it, some
sooner, some later.

Journalists often do their very best work under pressure. But for some
in the field, this story turns the pressure up to its highest levels.
Journalism’s leaders can make a difference in times like this. They
must. Citizens are counting on news organizations to tell and to
uncover the many painful truths of this unprecedented story.”

— “The Days Ahead: Advice for Newsroom Leaders,” By Jill Geisler, Poynter, September 11, 2001

On 9/11 Jill also wrote the article, “Minute by Minute with the Broadcast News.”

From Poynter’s Al Tompkins:

“Now is a time for newsroom managers to recognize there will be a long
term commitment to covering this story. In all probability it will be
days of non-stop non-commercial coverage. Begin right away having
those business discussions.

Prepare, too, to make some tough decisions about coverage. Univision
aired the most graphic video I have seen so far, a person falling from
a high floor of the World Trade Center. The sickening video was shown
in slow motion. We didn’t see the body hit the ground because the view
was blocked by another building.

No doubt, these pictures will become more and more available as field
crews feed miles of tape back to newsrooms and newsrooms fill hour
upon hour of live coverage. The body recovery will take weeks.

I would get in touch with my local search and rescue squads — the
situation in NYC and DC will require the help of the nation. According
to the NYC Office of the Mayor, FEMA has already contacted some
outside agencies to come and help with the search.

In the next hours, we will begin to see the faces, the bodies, the
pain that will personify this day….”

— “Tough Decisions Ahead on Coverage” By Al Tompkins, Poynter, September 11, 2001

Poynter.org, September 2001

Poynter.org, September 2001

From Poynter’s Kenny Irby:

“David Handschuh was anxiously awaiting the cable guy.

No, he didn’t win money, nor a free cable subscription. He just, in
his words, ‘won the power ball of life.’

He survived the second terrorist explosion at the World Trade Center.

Now he needs cable, his lifeline to the world.

For over 15 years, Handschuh has cruised the streets of New York like
a modern-day Weegee. Like the late Arthur Fellig, better known as
Weegee, Handschuh has a knack for being quick to the scene of the
dramatic event. This time it nearly cost his life.

Handschuh was outside the first tower, shooting for The New York Daily
News, when terrorists slammed a second airliner into the other Trade
Center tower. He captured the explosion. Seconds later the debris
nailed him, striking with such force it broke his leg, dislocated his
knee and caused other injuries….”

— “So Glad to be Alive,” By Kenny Irby, Poynter, September 15, 2001

Kenny described the morning of 9/11 in the story, “In Times Like These.”

And from Poynter’s Howard Finberg:

“The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 provoked some extraordinary moments
in publishing. A great deal of human effort went into gathering,
editing, and presenting news of this disaster.

….Some examples from the front lines:

– St. Petersburg Times reporter Bill Duryea, born and raised in New
York City, was sent to cover the attacks on the World Trade Center. To
get there from an assignment in Dallas, he and photographer Carrie
Pratt hopped a cab to Greenville, S.C., then rented a car and drove
the rest of the way to New York.

– Jennifer Lin, a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who walked four
miles along the Hudson River, bought a ride on a speedboat and then
rode and hiked the rest of the way to Ground Zero.

– New York Post photographer Don Halasy was caught in a hailstorm of
debris from the collapse of one of the World Trade Center towers.
Moments before, he had given one of his last two rolls of film to
another photographer.

– Carol Marin, a CBS News correspondent, was pushed out of harm’s way
by a firefighter as she raced to cover the story.

– Reporters and photographers from The Hartford Courant drove into
New York City as far as they could and then started walking to the
disaster scene. Some walked more than 139 blocks.

….The stress of making sure coverage is complete and thorough is
present even during normal times. During times of crisis, the process
of getting the news out demands unparalleled performance. Mindful of
the historic significance, editors were urging staffers to ‘write for

— “Stories Behind the Stories,” by Howard Finberg, Poynter, September 25, 2001

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NBC apologizes to affiliates for Kardashian interview during 9/11 moment of silence

The New York Times
Though NBC said it would not apologize for airing an interview with Kardashian mom Kris Jenner on Tuesday’s “Today” show during the moment of silence to honor victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, NBC News President Steve Capus sent a conciliatory note to affiliates, reports Bill Carter:

“Yesterday, we made an editorial call resulting in the Sept. 11 moment of silence not being seen. While we dedicated a substantial amount of airtime to anniversary events, we still touched a nerve with many of your viewers … and for that we apologize.”

Earlier this week, “Today” spokeswoman Megan Kopf told Carter the moment of silence “is not a tradition on our show.”

Related: NBC, MSNBC 9/11 anniversary broadcasts stir emotions and controversy | 9/11 anniversary forgotten on the front page of The New York Times Read more


NBC, MSNBC 9/11 anniversary broadcasts stir emotions and controversy

Today is, of course, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was the biggest news event of a generation, but particularly iconic for television news.

MSNBC re-airs the original Today Show coverage of 9/11.
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How will we know when it’s time to move 9/11 off the front page?

Newspapers across the country recognized the 11th anniversary of 9/11 on their front pages today. But The New York Times and the New York Post chose not to. Their decision raises the question: How will we know when it’s time to stop featuring 9/11 anniversary stories on the front page?

We’ll address this question in a live chat with New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan and longtime newspaper designer Charles Apple.

In a blog post about the Times’ decision, Sullivan acknowledged: “The pain, the outrage, the loss – these never fade. The amount of journalism, however, must.” She also talked about the need for news value, saying: “Often, other than the local events surrounding an anniversary, there isn’t always much to say that is original.”

Some readers have criticized and expressed disappointment in the decision, saying that the Times should have at least acknowledged the anniversary on its front page. Others have said it’s time to move past the annual A1 story. (See more reactions in the Storify below.)

During the chat, we talked about the Times’ decision and the reactions it has received. We also broadened the conversation to talk about the significance of the front page and the way newspapers nationwide handled today’s front page coverage of 9/11. You can replay the chat here:

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11 years later, the most striking front pages since 9/11

If there is a post-9/11 journalism, it is represented by the images we remember from that day in 2001 and the moments since that have marked a changed America. These front pages capture those moments. || Related: 9/11 anniversary forgotten on the front page of today’s New York Times | Front pages from 2001 to 2011 tell story of 9/11 decade | The 25 most moving 9/11/11 front pages | 10 iconic images from Sept. 11, 2001 | Why do newspapers use different figures for fatalities of Sept. 11 attacks? | How we started calling the former World Trade Center ‘ground zero’ | Sept. 11 style guidelines from AP

September 11, 2001: Newsday
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Why do newspapers use different figures for fatalities of Sept. 11 attacks?

An astute viewer of our front page collection from Sunday’s best 10th anniversary coverage of 9/11 noted that at least three of the newspapers used different figures for the number of people who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Kim Scarlett writes, “The NM paper has 2,977, Fairbanks 2,819 and the Courier News 2,983. What is the correct figure?”

The Associated Press anticipated potential confusion, and in its stylebook issued special guidelines in advance of the anniversary. Here’s what it says about victims:

Total: 2,977 as of July 25, 2011.
2,983 names will be listed on the Sept. 11 memorial, including six who died in the 1993 World Trade Center truck bombing.

That explains why some newspapers used 2,977 and some used 2,983. Wikipedia’s entry for 9/11 casualties also lists the number at 2,977.

But where did the 2,819 figure come from? I’m working on tracking that down. New York magazine used the same figure when it put the “official” number of fatalities at 2,819 as of Sept. 5, 2002. However, the magazine’s new “Encyclopedia of 9/11” puts the current number of fatalities at 2,753, which is one more than the number of death certificates issued for the attacks as of 2005. Read more

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The 25 most moving 9/11/11 front pages use type, color, photos, illustration to evoke memories

Just when I had started to give up on the staying power of Sunday papers, on Sept. 11, 2011, their front pages unsettled and resettled me. From Alabama to Hawaii, they evoked powerful, mixed emotions — desperation and determination; hatred and hope. These newspapers reminded America of who we were on Sept. 11, 2001, who we are today, and who we ache to become.

By using type, color, photos and illustration, these 25 front pages convey the power of deliberative design. By using tower imagery, illustration, flags and iconic photos, they carry the power of the moment.

All front pages appear courtesy of the Newseum; some have been cropped to remove ads.

Front pages that used tower imagery

The Daily News in Los Angeles, Calif. used a photos of the twin towers before Sept. 11, 2001. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., used red white and blue to symbolize patriotism 10 years later. (Courtesy: Newseum)
This Westchester County, N.Y., newspaper used a mirror image and reverse color to reflect the anniversary. (Courtesy: Newseum)
Based in Lisbon, Portugal, Público showed a break in the buildings, reminiscent of the planes slashing them on Sept. 11, 2001. (Courtesy: Newseum) [CORRECTION: This caption originally misidentified the location of Público.]
The Greensboro, N.C., News & Record used candles to evoke the memory of the towers. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Seattle Times photographed a sculpture created by a local artist in 2002, with medallions showing the victims’ names. (Courtesy: Newseum)
This Brownsville, Texas paper commemorated victims’ names with a shadow of the towers darkening the cover. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle was one of several papers that used readers’ words to form the towers. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Idaho Statesman used memories to form the towers. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Sioux City (Iowa) Journal used word clouds to form the towers. (Courtesy: Newseum)
This N.C. paper used two columns to form the towers. (Courtesy: Newseum)

Front pages that used illustrations

The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal used minimal text and illustration to honor the 10th anniversary of the attacks. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Courier News in Bridgewater, N.J. — along with the Asbury Park Press and several Jersey papers — used an illustration of the memorial pools at the World Trade Center site. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The silhouette published on the front page of this Brazilian newspaper captures the emptiness left behind by the attacks in Lower Manhattan. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Virginian-Pilot used lines to connect the past and the present, the before and the after. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Des Moines Register superimposed the burning towers on a tearful eye. (Courtesy: Newseum)

Front pages that used flags

This Anniston, Ala., newspaper was one of many to use the American flag. In this front page, the bars nestle the towers. (Courtesy: Newseum)
This Honolulu, Hawaii front page showed respect through crossed hands holding a flag. (Courtesy: Newseum)
In Hot Springs, Ark., the front page shows a field of flags created by a high school.  (Courtesy: Newseum)
One of the largest American flags to fly above Ground Zero made a stop in Portsmouth, N.H., where it was symbolically stitched together. (Courtesy: Newseum)

Front pages that used iconic photography

This Fairbanks, Alaska newspaper featured a photo from Sept. 11, just after both planes had crashed into the World Trade Center towers. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Toronto Star in Canada partnered with The New York Times for its coverage, using a photo from Sept. 11 of people covered with debris. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The Chicago Sun-Times was one of the few papers to turn its front page black. (Courtesy: Newseum)
This photo on the front page of the Memphis, Tenn. paper was taken in 2001 by a New Jersey photojournalist at Ground Zero, who still hears from firefighters about it. (Courtesy: Newseum)
This Fall River, Mass., paper used a photo that also appeared on other front pages, taken on a previous anniversary of the attacks. (Courtesy: Newseum)
The new 1 World Trade Center building is made patriotic, lit with our national colors. (Courtesy: Newseum)

For a decade’s worth of front pages from Sept. 11, through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to Osama bin Laden’s death, click here.

CORRECTION:A previous version of this story included a caption for Público that misidentified the newspaper’s location. Read more


How we started calling the former World Trade Center ‘ground zero’

The Commercial Appeal
This time 10 years ago, “ground zero” was used to refer to the place where a nuclear explosion occurs, or the center of intense, violent change. On Sept. 11, 2001, AP National Writer Jerry Schwartz redefined it, writing, “Emergency vehicles flooded into lower Manhattan. No one knew what happened; the towers, target of a terrorist bombing in 1993, seemed to be ground zero once again.” Schwartz, now an editor, tells The Commercial Appeal’s Richard Morgan, “This is what we do. We choose words.” Linguist Ben Zimmer suggests that “it may be time to retire ‘ground zero’ now that the site is about construction, not destruction.” (AP style, by the way, has remained “ground zero,” even now.) Read more


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