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Front page of the day: 9/11

Every year on this day, front pages offer memorials and tributes to the victims of 9/11. This year, some fronts focused on teaching children who can’t remember that day, the survivors, and medical and legal issues that have come up since. Like the annual reading of the names, this front from The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Illinois feels almost like a ritual.


On the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, Julie Moos gathered front pages for Poynter. Here are a few like today’s:



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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!
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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

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

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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. Read more

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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. 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.
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