September 9th, 2011

CNN Reflects on the Nation 10 Years after 9/11

CNN.com’s coverage of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks explores the changes experienced individually as well as on a national and international level. The coverage includes visceral interactives, live streaming of the memorial coverage, a custom 9/11 iReport assignment , CNN’s original on-air video from that day, opinion pieces and enterprise reporting.

“We wanted to go beyond retelling and replaying that day and into intelligent reflection about the last decade,” says Meredith Artley, managing editor and vice president of CNN Digital. “That includes commissioning artists to represent the reverberations of that day, connecting personal stories of strangers via iReport, and looking at how people and communities have been impacted in unexpected ways.”

To tell the story of 9/11 in a visual way, CNN.com has asked artists to illustrate interpretations of the ripple effect of Sept. 11, ranging from a global to a personal scale. The interpretations are curated by themes, which include capturing the reactions from the day’s events, commentary on heightened airport security and a grim Sept. 11 checklist.

CNN iReport is diving in to how the events of Sept. 11 united the country by pairing up similar stories from the day’s events. iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, has presented these encounters of iReporters meeting for the first time and discussing their experiences with each other over the last 10 years. Through the Sept. 11 assignment, iReport has showcased their conversations, along with many other Sept. 11 stories in a special interactive on CNN.com.

CNN.com will also live stream the first few hours of coverage from ten years earlier on CNN.com/live and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Coverage will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET throughout the day from various locations, including Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Penn. Coverage can also be viewed on CNN TV via TV Everywhere at CNN.com/CNNTV.

Original editorial and opinion pieces are also available, which capture a variety of perspectives on the events of Sept. 11. These articles tackle different topics, such as how the slightest decisions made on Sept.11 made a difference between life and death, how faith complicated the grieving process for a Muslim family, and how pop culture helped America come to terms with Sept. 11. Upcoming stories will look at how Sept. 11 has shaped a new generation of high school and college students, and how three distinct communities across America — from coast to coast and in the heartland — are still experiencing the impact from the terrorist attacks.

On Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, CNN will broadcast four special thematic documentaries. Each documentary will be accompanied by online video, images and text. For more information on the documentaries and air times, click here.

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