FLASHBACK: Student work starting a few hours after the towers fell on 9/11/2001…
Five years ago, on a bright Tuesday morning, members of Columbia J-school’s
Class of 2002 hit the streets for the second week of RWI, their reporting
and writing course. It was Primary Day, which meant our students were spread
out across the city, including parts of downtown and what would eventually
become known as Ground Zero.
As the catastrophic events of that day unfolded, our students became part of
the reporting corps that covered the attacks and their aftermath. In
addition to writing stories for their classes, many of them became New York
correspondents for their hometown media outlets across the country and
around the world.
More than 130 of these print stories, including 43 from that Tuesday, were
posted on a hastily-created site, “Terror & Response.”
Prof. Sig Gissler reminded me that it might be a site worth bringing back to
the surface. Here it is:
From the introduction:
“For students at the Graduate School of Journalism, the attacks on the World
Trade Center represent a watershed event in their education and careers.
They are covering the main story and its myriad after-effects, emphasizing
the views and voices from their neighborhood beats throughout the city.”
Pictures taken by our photography students, some touching our school’s
cameras for the first time that week, have been posted recently by Prof.
Sara Barrett on the bulletin boards on the third floor. Please stop by to
take a look.
We will see if we can unearth the radio coverage by the broadcast majors.
If you have comments about any of this, please feel free to post them in the
comments section at the bottom of this DOS Blog posting:
- Sree Sreenivasan