The ‘9-11 Generation,’ & Rutgers’ 9/11 student journalism project
September 12, 2011
As our last look at how the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, changed our world, we look at their impact on those who were kids then, what some demographers have called “the 9/11 Generation.” This cohort was just gaining political and global consciousness as both spheres changed dramatically, and the generation’s responses to it include increased enlistment in military and public service, but certainly don’t stop there. University of Texas at Austin Associate Professor of Higher Education PATRICIA SOMERS studied this “9/11 Generation” and found evidence suggesting the emergence of a more civically involved generation. We’ll also hear and respond to some thoughtful commentary by Swarthmore College students involved in their War News Radio project, recorded by Radio Times intern Corinne Warnshuis. Finally, we’ll take a look at the Rutgers 9/11 Student Journalism Project, an innovative effort to teach young journalists about events that changed their worlds, but which they didn’t understand all that well, by having them report about it and interview the children of people who did not survive the terrorist attacks. Joining us from Rutgers will be RONALD MISKOFF, associate director of School of Communication & Information’s Journalism Research Institute, who teaches the class, and JENNIFER LILONSKY, a student in the class.