Ten years in the making: NPR's full day campaign of events
Everyone has a story to tell about Sept. 11, 2001. In the last week I have read, listened and watched multiple perspectives on the attacks. These stories do more than aim for the heart of readers – they hit the center mark. National Public Radio hosted a special series page in lieu of the events: "Reflecting on Sept.11, 2001."
The day of the 10-year anniversary NPR kept a live news blog on The two-way updating events starting about 7 a.m. and continuing late into the night. The blog and radio coverage focused on the commemorations at each of the three attack sites. It took calls from individuals recounting stories of what they remember, and even went as far as covering the concerts honoring the date.
I spent the day in the library writing a paper. I listen to live coverage online for about two hours through NPR. I wanted to be there. Listen to callers, prayers, speeches and music, all in memoriam of a day where American's have found common ground amongst each other, was an experience in itself.
Two stories stood out to me:
One: Then And Now, In One Word, is an interactive graphic taking submissions from viewers in one word, compiling the majority of emotions felt the day of, and 10 years after, the 9/11 attacks. Two: A Look Back At 9/11 'I Heard The Sirens Scream' , is a conversation between Ira Flatow, Talk of the Nation: Science Friday host and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Laurie Garrett, addressing a subject that started after the attacks – World Trade Center Cough. Garrett's talk of how the events of 9/11 are still causing problems surprised me.
NPR did not have extensive coverage leading up to the anniversary, but by dedicating its entire page the day of, and providing live coverage throughout, the reporting made enough of an impact for me to keep listening.