Chicago journalism students reflect community memories of 9/11

DePaul University students have created a website which speaks of the 10 year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington D.C.

The 9/11 remembrance comes from the Red Line Project, which is working to serve areas along Chicago’s Red Line “L” train.

What DePaul students have done is brought the community together and brought all walks of life to discuss their memories of that fateful day.

Among those asked are Chicago O’Hare airport officials, military veterans, journalists as well as the DePaul and Pakistani communities in the nation’s third largest city.

Readers throughout the world are also encouraged to share their memories by commenting on a separate “Share Your Memories,” page.

“Students report, write and edit stories, photos, multimedia maps, social media and other cutting edge, cross-platform storytelling tools to capture what’s happening in these communities. They also learn about entrepreneurship, mobile media, advertising and web site development,” according to the Red Line Project’s about page.

The Red Line Project are also presently focusing on other features pertaining to its community, including connections between Chicago senior citizens and Loyola University students, as well as the upcoming Chicago Bears football season.

What are other institutions, including the University of Georgia, doing in order to generate public, personalized responses from last decade’s event?

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8 Comments on “Chicago journalism students reflect community memories of 9/11”

  1. mflamini6 says:

    This is a really relevant issue given the fact that the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is fast approaching. I feel as if every year, that fateful day is less and less remembered. Saying 9/11 was one of the most influential days in our nation’s history goes without saying. It is imperative that we remember all those that lost their lives and those that fight for our freedom not once a year, but every day. I sincerely hope that UGA does something special for the 10th anniversary, and I am sure we will.

  2. Mike Reilley says:

    Thanks for the kind words about the “10 Remember 9/11” project. Just one small correction: it’s a website, not a blog.

  3. This is a great way to remember that horrible day. It is great to see universities such as this getting involved and keeping the memory alive. I have heard that retired University of Georgia professor Bob Hart will be hosting an event in Athens on his memorial trail.

  4. dsulmers says:

    I really like the idea of this Red line project. Very cool! I really liked how they took a lot of different people and got their stories, especially the Korean Vet. The quotes are so interesting and that is such an important part of our history. Even though we were young when this event happened we still live with the consequences and changes in the world today. it really bothers me that a lot of people kind of skip over the day, maybe not this year because it will be 10 years but in past years people have just skipped over it. Anyway i really like this post!

    DeeDee S.

  5. tmt818 says:

    Tragedy has the unique ability to bring communities together in remembrance. I think it is a wonderful idea for a university to allow a community to share memories and feelings through a networking website. I believe this allows for people within the community to condole and support each other in a time of remorse. I know the University of Georgia is having a illuminating ceremony in honor of 9/11. This ceremony should be a heart felt remembrance of those lost in the terrible event.

  6. It is comforting to witness the fact that 9/11 has not been forgotten and more importantly that my generation is making an effort to make sure that does not happen. As every year passes the memory of 9/11 becomes an increasingly faint memory to many Americans although it remains an important part of American history and resulted in an unwaivering unity among the American people. The Red Line Project is an amazing reminder of the unity that resulted from that horrible day and it makes me proud to see the love and respect that all Americans have for their country and all of the people fallen victim from that day.

  7. I really like the idea of this Red Line project incorporating both the remembrance of 9/11 and the creation of a website. I’m sure a lot of the student working on the website are interested in a form of journalism or graphic design so it’s cool they get to work on something while reporting on one of the most important days in our country’s history. It’s also nice that people have a forum where they can share their thought, stories and memories. It’s good to know so many school and communities are coming together in remembrance of this day.

    When I was walking to class today I heard a girl interviewing another student about where he was and what he remembered about 9/11 so it is comforting to know our school is doing some sort of tribute to that day.

  8. This is a wonderful tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. As an earlier comment mentioned, Bob Hart does a reverent ceremony in Athens. Along the trail are the names of all the victims from that day. In fact, he has reached out to the greek community at UGA asking all to come out and hang their respective fraternity/sorority letters on the stakes of the fallen members of each fraternity or sorority that fell victim to the awful terrorist attacks that September morning.


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