Academic journal article Newspaper Research Journal

KTVL 10 News-Making a Difference

Academic journal article Newspaper Research Journal

KTVL 10 News-Making a Difference

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My station sent me along with close to 1,000 Oregonians who packed their bags, with little notice and headed to New York City just weeks after the attacks. The people of "Flight for Freedom" arrived with money in hand to pump life back into the Manhattan tourism industry and show New Yorkers we care.

My experience as a journalist on the "Flight for Freedom" can be described as a thrill to be covering a story in New York City, exhaustion with the long hours and lack of time for meals and complete awe of the historical significance of the story. My experience as an American is hard to put into words.

In small groups, we made our way to Ground Zero from our hotel. We stepped out of the subway to face a large, torched black high rise. We walked for blocks, trying to find the best view of the fallen towers. During the trek, we coughed as the smoky, wet air got into our lungs. We passed buildings in shambles. What are these buildings? Why don't we hear about them on television?

The collapsed towers looked similar to what I had seen on TV. People made their way down to the end of a blocked street to get the closest view possible. It was quiet except for the coughing. New Yorkers were getting their own firsthand look at the disaster. Some noticed our "Oregon loves NY" pins. They thanked each of us personally for coming.

During the next few days, more warm welcomes came from New Yorkers. The clerk at the deli has a cousin who used to live in Oregon. He was amazed we had come all this way. …

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