Anniversary of the 9/12 front pages

Today is the anniversary of the front pages that covered the Sept. 11 attacks. The example here is from The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina. (Click on the image for a better view.) I was wire editor at the newspaper at the time.

The most interesting story on the page is in the left-hand column. It’s a Washington Post exclusive, told as a narrative, that gives an inside view of what it was like to be on the plane that hit the Pentagon.

The other stories (a roundup from the wires on the day’s events and another about local reaction) are less compelling because similar information was on television and the Web throughout the day of the attacks. Neither story told readers much beyond what they already knew.

That’s something to consider if such news happens again.