By: Joe Strupp
Sunday’s New York Daily News will include a special 64-page glossy magazine commemorating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, mainly written by columnist Pete Hamill. An advance copy reviewed E&P Online also includes many photos from the tragic events, a six-page listing of all of those who died, and a gallery of many of the paper’s post-9/11 covers.
“The focus was to keep it streamlined,” said Bill Boyle, a Daily News managing editor who oversaw the project. “We didn’t want it chock full of boxes and stats, we wanted just stories.”
While the magazine has plenty of full-page advertising, from Macy’s to Pathmark to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, none of the ads are typical. Many are specifically designed as a tribute to the emergency crews who worked that day or the victims. Advertisements from the unions representing police and firefighters also are included.
Hamill’s mammoth essay runs for fully two-third’s of the magazine, and is titled, “Coming Back: A Day of Horror, a Year of Revival.” He notes that at first even optimists expected the death toll would top 10,000.
The lengthy editorial package, which editors have kept carefully under wraps for several weeks, includes a recount of how the city responded to the World Trade Center attacks, as well as articles on reaction by public officials and emergency crews that day, efforts to clear the debris in the months that followed, charity funds that were set up following the attacks, survivors and victims’ families, plans for the site’s future, and a diagram showing how the towers eventually fell.
Four pages also are devoted to personal stories from a handful of victims’ relatives.
In addition to the magazine, the tabloid also plans to publish a 32-page wrap around its main paper on Sunday devoted to the anniversary, according to Boyle.