Last night a group of us went to the World Trade Center memorial and museum. We toured Ground Zero and learned a great deal about the terror attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.
One of the most interesting things that we learned about was how news and the media had to react to the terrorist attacks on a scale that no one had ever seen before. News media began covering the events live and broadcast them to Americans around the globe.
With a new event happening approximately every half hour, journalists were scrambling to understand everything that was going on, along with the rest of America. While every one was frantic, news correspondents did their best to remain calm and report the facts as they came in.
It reminded me of the true importance of being a journalist. In times of crisis, journalists are looked to for information and solace. Reporters are called upon to present the facts and remain calm and objective in the face of terror.
I hope to remain as calm and collected if I ever have to face a situation like that during my reporting career. Of course I hope a tragedy like 9/11 ever happens again, but in the face of such danger and fear, I hope to be able to remain as calm and concise as the reporters that I saw in the museum yesterday.