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by Karen Phillips

News and views from inside the media bubble by Karen Phillips

ELEVEN YEARS LATER: HOW SHOULD WE REMEMBER 9/11

Eleven years later, the images are still present in the minds of every American. But are these images fading as the country continues to move forward?

On Sept. 11, 2012, the Washington Post had a picture of President and Mrs. Obama bowing their heads in honor of those who fought for us, and in remembrance of those we lost. However, this story was second to “Throw like a girl? You can do better.”

The Chicago Tribune’s feature 9/11 article read “Fewer families on hand for 11th anniversary” and came after the teacher’s strike headliner. And the Boston Globe’s article admitted “Families of victims relieved at a subdued 9/11.”

In the New York Times, an image of two silhouettes in front of the 9/11 memorial takes the front page, but public editor Margaret Sullivan discusses the struggle the media is experiencing with covering 9/11 as the years progress.

Sullivan writes, “The pain, the outrage, the loss, these never fade. The amount of journalism, however, must.” She says that there usually isn’t much that is new or original to report on anniversaries, so “journalists have to try to find a balance between what readers think is appropriate and necessary,” and don’t always have actual news to inspire the coverage other than the local events surrounding the anniversary.

As our nation continues to heal and strengthen from this wound, specifics and details may blur into the background and media coverage may wane, but 9/11 will always be on the calendar and we have become more united because of it.

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