Call for Essays: Covering 9/11, 20 Years Later

The website for the scholarly journal Journalism History seeks essays placing concepts related to 9/11 coverage in historical context. One installment in the 9/11 essay series will be posted on the Journalism History website each month throughout the year 2021.

The impetus for this essay series is the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack and the media’s role in covering the event. Any and all topics exploring media coverage on 9/11 are welcome. During times of national crisis, journalists and their coverage of significant events can galvanize the nation, and essays on this topic of how they did this 20 years ago are encouraged.

Completed essays will be 1,000-1,500 words, including citations. Authors should cite primary and/or secondary sources to support their arguments. Any citation style is acceptable.

Essays should not have been published elsewhere.

Each essay will be due on the first day of the month in which the essay is scheduled to be posted. The schedule for publication will be decided by Dec. 15.

To be considered for inclusion in the 9/11 essay series, please submit the following to by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Nov. 15, 2020:

  • A brief CV (including publications)
  • A brief synopsis of the topic you plan to discuss in your essay (no more than 100 words)

Questions may be directed to Erika Pribanic-Smith, online content coordinator for Journalism History, at

Featured Image: “Dark City,” by Dennis Leung (CC BY 2.0)

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