Instructions for member editors
of the New Jersey Press Association
Welcome to the web site of the 9/11 Student-Journalism Project, also known as "The 9/11 Project," a cooperative effort by the Journalism Research Institute at Rutgers University, and its partner, the New Jersey Press Foundation. This article is for editors whose newspaper or other medium is a member of the New Jersey Press Association. If you are not an editor or member of the NJPA, you can read this article, of course, but you cannot extract the stories and photos created by the students at Rutgers University and the two high school students who worked with them through the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. You may, however, request that your local newspaper-member of the NJPA run one or more of these stories and photos, and, if it has a website, the videos shot by the students. The list of NJPA members appears at this link. Simply email, write, or call the newspaper to request that a story be run. You can see the list of stories here on this site (though the stories are available for download only by NJPA editors).
For editors: Click on the link above called "FULL MEDIA ARCHIVE" and put in the name and password given to you by the NJPA headquarters. Check your email or regular mail for a password for the site. From there, you can read a short blurb describing each story along with a list of the names and home towns of the subject of each story (Child of 9/11) and the writer(s) as well as their home towns. Under that is a short blurb describing the story and then links to download the actual story, the still photos shot by the students, any family photos given to the students and scanned, and the video(s) shot during the interview. These stories have been copyright-released to the New Jersey Press Association and Rutgers University and may be run as news/feature stories. The 9/11 Project, and the NJPA, of course, both appreciate your crediting the appropriate source of the story. We suggest:
In this format:
By Dan Rutgers
Student in The 9/11 Project, Rutgers University
or you can put the credit at the end of the story. It is completely your decision concerning how credits be given.
We would also appreciate your also crediting the New Jersey Press Association with the following tagline:
This story was written under a grant from the New Jersey Press Foundation and was edited by an editor at the New Jersey Press Association. The story was written by a Journalism-and-Media-Studies major at Rutgers or a high school student working on his or her high school newspaper. The NJPF is commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by supporting journalism education while taking a look at what some of the children of 9/11 victims have been doing in the decade following the tragedy.
Using each story:
Although each story has been read and reread by journalism instructors at Rutgers University and edited by an editor from the NJPA, we strongly suggest that editors who use these stories read them carefully and, if necessary, check facts, grammar, and punctuation until they are satisfied the article meets all the criteria of a news or feature story. We did not upload any photos that have been altered or retouched, so you may find some of them dark or not properly color-balanced. You should correct the photos as you see fit. We did not do this so as not to degrade the photos from too much retouching.
Besides, each medium (newspaper, web, etc.) has different needs, size requirements, and levels settings. So we thought that the best way to provide the pictures was as they were collected from the cameras used by the students. The same is true of the videos, except in this case, we avoided editing the footage or selecting sound bites. Some of the students, however, submitted their edited video, and we uploaded these so each editor can decide if he or she wants to use them, and how. They will be obvious in the mix of videos.
We suggest each editor read through the story, look over the photos and watch the videos. In each section are files (usually in Microsoft Word) that describe the story or contain captions and photo credits. If the contact information is there for the student writer, editors or reporters may contact the student to elicit more information or to assign someone to write a story about the student him/herself. In some cases, the student contact information is missing because the student has graduated or is not available.
You may assign these stories to your staff to collaborate on similar stories, feature them in packages, or write collateral stories about the student or the subject. In some cases, the children of 9/11 may not be available for further interviews, and we thank them for the interviews they did grant to our writers.
You may address any questions to the New Jersey Press Foundation or to the Journalism Research Institute (a unit of the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University).
You may address email to