‘NY Times’ Tight-Lipped On 9/11 Issue

By: Joe Strupp

The New York Times is keeping unusually tight-lipped about its plans for the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11, declining to reveal specifics about the Wednesday paper other than to report that it would include a special section.

Many eyes beyond New York are fixed on the Times following its record seven Pulitzer Prizes earlier this year for Sept. 11, 2001 coverage. When asked to provide details of the Times planned coverage, a spokesman said, “I can confirm that we are planning a special section for Wednesday’s paper. However, we prefer to surprise our readers and our competitors about the specifics.”

Today’s front page offered a glimpse into what the paper has planned, with a small editor’s note that announced: “Coming Tomorrow: A 9/11 Special Section. A history and a diary, in words and in pictures: a year in the life of the city and the nation, transformation at home and overseas, personal stories and the unyielding presence of grief.”

What is known for certain is that the Times will join a group of papers nationwide who have decided to deliver, presumably at considerable cost, the Wednesday paper to both daily and Sunday-only subscribers. That will mean another 500,000 Sunday readers who don’t normally receive the weekday paper will get the Sept. 11, 2002 edition for free.

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