By: Wayne Robins
Newsday, the Tribune Co. newspaper in Melville, N.Y., has compiled an online database of those dead or missing as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks. Containing the more than 3,000 names in Newsday‘s ongoing “Remembering the Lost” series, the database is accessible at http://www.newsday.com/911memorial.
The database will be used in 9/11 anniversary observances around the country. A banner created by the General Services Administration in Kansas City, Mo., is carrying the names, the Nasdaq electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square is displaying them, and the city of Dedham, Mass., is having them read during a memorial ceremony.
Beth DeCarbo, “Long Island Life” editor for Newsday, has supervised the effort in assembling the profiles of the 9/11 casualties for the print edition and aggregating the database using Newsday, other Tribune newspapers, and non-Tribune papers such as The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., the Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance, and The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y. Though the papers don’t compete head-to-head, they’re not usually allies.
“I think this story transcended competitiveness,” DeCarbo said. “It’s such an enormous story … the best way to do it was to pool our efforts. All the [other] papers had posted these profiles on their Web sites, so by asking for links, they get the traffic and the recognition for the work their staffs did.”