News Design and 9/11

A Day That Changed Everything

By +Julio Fernandez
Back in the late 90s, when I was working for The Miami Herald, I was a member of the Society for News Design (SND) but my interest with infographics and news design continues to this day.

Three years after 9/11, SND asked visual journalists to reflect. This video was shown at the annual workshop in San Jose.
See also: Matt Mansfield blog post Design lessons from 9/11.

In 2000, I took a job with Oracle Corporation and on Sept. 11, 2001 I was on a plane with several Oracle colleagues on our way to Buenos Aires for some regional training. We heard the 9/11 news as colleagues from Argentina were waiting for us at the airport that morning. As a Spanish speaker, I was sure that there was something lost in translation as I could not understand what they were telling me about what had just happened in New York City.

We made it to our hotel, turned on CNN and understood that there was no translation problem. Immediately we called our families to let them know we were ok and then realized that we had many other coworkers on flights out of the East coast that morning.

Oracle lost several staff members, including Todd “Let’s Roll” Beamer who was aboard United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco, the flight that according to the recovered flight recorder did not reach the hijackers target when it crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

We had a difficult time in Argentina not knowing when we would be able to get back to the USA. My understanding is that our flight back from Buenos Aires was the first international flight allowed to land in Miami five days after 9/11.

Thanks to Matt Mansfield for sharing this SND video: 9/11 A Day That Changed Everything, I had not seen it and since I was not in the country, the information that we were able to get was limited and had a different tone as the one that came out of the USA. Take a minute to view how journalists covered the tragedy, read Matt’s blog post Design lessons from 9/11 and remember the families that lost someone on 9/11.

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2 Responses to News Design and 9/11

  1. Matt Mansfield on September 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thank you for posting this. My mind is with those families this weekend.

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