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Honoring the journalists who covered a tragedy

Sep 9, 2002  •  Post A Comment

In our NewsPro section this week, we are proud to be part of a special booklet put together in conjunction with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is entitled “9/11 to 9/11: A Tribute to News Professionals.”
NATAS wanted to find a way to honor those men and women of television who covered the 2001 terrorist attacks and the days that followed. They decided to do so at a luncheon with a symposium to follow in New York Sept. 9.
To further salute the more than 4,000 men and women of our business who covered the terrorist attacks and the war that followed in Afghanistan, NATAS wanted to publish their names in a publication as a permanent tribute to them.
That’s where EM comes into the picture. Through the wonderful work of Karen Egolf and our Custom Publishing division, we were able to produce this booklet for NATAS, which you will find following Page 18. In addition, the booklet will serve as the program for the luncheon and symposium on Sept. 9 and the program for the 23rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards Ceremony Sept. 10.
There has been much controversy about what kind of coverage the TV business should do to mark Sept. 11. Barbara Cochran, in a Guest Commentary on Page 9, makes an eloquent argument about why we must indeed remember the attacks on Sept. 11.
If one needs further convincing, I urge you to read any of the more than a dozen essays in the NATAS booklet. Written by such news pros as Christiane Amanpour, Ted Koppel and Brian Williams, to name a few, these short pieces-some very personal-immediately take you back to the attacks of a year ago.
Though there were, tragically, some victims among TV personnel, most TV journalists were not victims. Most were just doing their jobs-under the most trying of circumstances, yes-as journalists, getting words and images to the public they serve over the most powerful of mediums, television.
As EM documented in our issue of Sept. 17, 2001, TV journalists, as a group, acted swiftly and responsibly given the confusion that accompanied the attacks. And as Tom Shales said of TV journalists in his EM column in that same issue, “They covered themselves in glory.”
So a year later we join with NATAS to say to all those TV newspeople and technicians who served us so well on Sept. 11 and the days that followed, “Thank you.”