Reporting Post - 9/11
After the Debris, What’s the Story?
A Conference for Journalists About What to Cover Next
Wednesday, May 1, 2002
6:00 - 8:00 PM, Reception Follows
CAMI Hall, 165 West 57th Street, New York

As Cleanup of Ground Zero comes to an end, a panel consisting of journalists, photo editors, and experts in social, psychological, and rebuilding issues will discuss the stories that will be emerging in the months to come. What can be learned about what NY faces from the experiences of other cities that have suffered major attacks? As NY grieves, heals, copes, and reconstructs, What are the stories, Why do they matter, Where are the sources, and What have the media learned elsewhere about how to do this job? Freelancers, staff journalists, photojournalists and editors will gain ideas about ways of framing innovative stories about 9/11 in the months and years to come.

Robert J. Lifton, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, "Terrorism and Response: America’s New Vulnerability" Lifton, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, will discuss how to cover apocalyptic violence without fostering zealotry and further global destruction.

Lifton will draw upon his scholarship on apocalyptic violence, Nazi doctors who killed in the name of healing, the problem of genocide and nuclear weapons; Hiroshima survivors; brainwashing, and the Vietnam War experience. He will focus primarily on the example of Aum Shinrikyo, the fanatical Japanese cult that released Sarin gas into the Tokyo subway system in 1995. Dr. Lifton’s books include Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism, The Genocidal Mentality: Nazi Holocaust and Nuclear Threat, The Future of Immortality; and Other Essays for a Nuclear Age, The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima, Home From the War: Vietnam Veterans--Neither Victims Nor Executioners, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of "Brainwashing, Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial, and The Protean Self and Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation.

Edward Linenthal, University of Wisconsin, "Sites of Violence, Bereavement Communities, and the Challenge of Memorializing the WTC Site" Linenthal, Professor of Religion and American Culture at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, explores the phenomena of memorializing, grieving, and healing. This is reflected in his most recent book, The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory, where he interviewed more than 150 direct participants. Other works by Dr. Linenthal include: Sacred Ground: Americans and their Battlefields and Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum. He is the co-editor of A Shuddering Dawn: Religious Studies and the Nuclear Age (Suny); American Sacred Space (Indiana); and History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles For The American Past (Metropolitan Books/Holt), cited by the Los Angeles Times as one of the ten most significant non-fiction books of 1996. He serves as a contributing editor of the Journal of American History. A frequent consultant for the National Park Service on issues of interpretation of controversial historic sites, Linenthal worked for the Park Service at the 50th anniversary events at the USS Arizona Memorial in 1991, and delivered the commemorative address at the Memorial in 1994.

Fred Ritchin, "Pictures, Images, and the Future of the City’s Grief" Fred Ritchin is Associate Professor of Photography & Imaging and Communications at NYU and former picture editor of Horizon Magazine and the New York Times Magazine. He will discuss the role of photography and digital communication in covering responses to disaster. Ritchin was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service by the New York Times for the web site, "Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace" (1997).

Penny Owen, Reporter, Daily Oklahoman, "Finding a New Normal — What We’ve Learned from Oklahoma City" As a staff reporter for the Daily Oklahoman, Penny Owen covered the Oklahoma City bombing from the first hours of the explosion to the 1997 trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols to McVeigh’s execution in 2001. She also covered the Columbine shootings in Littleton and their aftermath. Ms. Owen now serves as a Texas-based bureau correspondent for the Oklahoman, and has won multiple awards for her work.

Moderator: Jay Rosen, Chair, NYU Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. Jay Rosen is associate professor of journalism at New York University and Chair of the department there. Since 1990 he has been a leading figure in the reform movement known as "public journalism," which calls on the press to take an active role in strengthening citizenship, improving political debate and reviving public life. From 1993 to 1997, Rosen was the Director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation. In 1999, Yale University Press published his book on public journalism, titled, What Are Journalists For? In October 2001, Rosen helped edit the first book published about the terror attacks in New York City, entitled, 09/11 8:48 am: Documenting America's Greatest Tragedy.

Sponsored by:

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma/Dart Center Ground Zero

NYU Center for War, Peace, and the News Media

NYU International Trauma Studies Program

In association with the NYU Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

For more information on this event call Dart Center - Ground Zero (212) 873-9744

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