Rem Rieder (essay date October 2001)
SOURCE: Rieder, Rem. “Rising to the Occasion.” American Journalism Review 23, no. 8 (October 2001): 6.
[In the following essay, Rieder reviews the American news coverage of the September 11 attacks, noting that the day brought the importance of journalism into focus in a time of tragedy.]
It was a moment that put everything in perspective.
All of the day-to-day concerns that can seem so large, so overwhelming, were diminished in a nanosecond.
The harrowing enormity of September 11, sheer horror on an unimaginable scale, concentrated the mind instantly on the things that really matter.
I was in my office that...
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