Would social media have changed reporting of 9/11? Panel to explore media, 9/11

By Lee Kamlet
Dean, School of Communications 

As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, I’ve been pondering some questions:

  • What difference would it have made if social media like Twitter and Facebook were as widespread then, as they are now?
  • Would be have gotten more accurate information sooner?
  • Would panic and rumor been more widespread?
  • Would the conspiracy theories that still have cache in some corners, have been more or less abundant?

Those are just some of the questions we hope to explore today when the School of Communications hosts a panel discussion on the media and 9/11. It’s the first of a number of events surrounding the 10th anniversary, sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Institute.

Our discussion promises to be interesting. Our panel includes:

  • Brian Stelter, the media reporter for The New York Times
  • Margarita Diaz, associate professor and chairperson of
  • Paul Friedman, professional-in-residence in the School of Communications and the former senior vice president of CBS News

Our panel is anxious to engage the audience, and answer your questions about what the media did on that day, and how the media has evolved over the last decade in its coverage of terrorism, war, conflict and foreign policy.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Kamlet was working at DATELINE  NBC in New York. Read his personal recollection of the day here.

Please click here to see the university’s full 9/11-related calendar.


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