Journalism After September 11, edited by Barbie Zelizer & Stuart Allan critically analyzes the role journalists and news media played during and after the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers. The book is a collection of essays that critique the performance of American news community on the basis of universally accepted news-reporting standards.
For example, when it comes to reporting traumatic events, the role of journalists involves ‘establishing safety, engaging in remembrance and mourning, and reconnecting with ordinary life’ (p.2)
On the day of the attack, the newsmakers and the news avenues went out of their way to make sure that ‘required’ and ‘sought for’ information about the incident flowed through to the people. In their commitment to report the most-timed update, they overlooked the journalistic prerequisite of ‘objectivity.’
The book is divided into four parts: the trauma of 9/11, the news and its contexts, the changing boundaries of journalism and the possibilities of reporting trauma tomorrow. Thematic issues covered in the book range from monopolistic tendencies in the news industry, bias in reporting and patriotic sentiments in coverage, etc.