The Philadelphia Inquirer is my assigned beat blog for my Digital Journalism II class at Marquette University. For the past six weeks I have been blogging about aspects of philly.com and how well their coverage of historical events, deaths, breaking news and photography has been. The majority of the time I was quite pleased. 

The 9/11 coverage I critiqued paled in comparison to the breaking news of Steve Jobs' death The Inquirer produced. The of the moment photography and columns produced were incredible compared to those from 9/11 and I feel this has to do with the increase in the way the news source uses social media, which I also blogged about here

By analyzing these events and the ways philly.com gathers their information as well as engages their audience I have become more self-conscience about how informative I am to those who follow my twitter, webpage and blog. I try to provide relevant links and use many photos to help captivate the audience. Philly.com does a great job at coupling photos with their stories, though it tends to use the same photo for a brief as it does an expanded story. 

When I first began to blog I thought philly.com would provide periodic updates and the articles would be short and sweet, but I soon realized that news sources are consistently updating their information. They provide articles on their homepage that are columns, features, breaking news, photograph essays and more. Journalists are working 24/7 and can't rest, they are constantly on the look out to find a story and have it online before the competitors. Online journalism is a process, and having made myself subject to the same criteria of all online journalists, I know posting, editing, cropping, live-tweeting, producing content that stands out among others is harder than thought.  

After six weeks I have begun to learn that I gather a lot of my news through social media, such as Twitter and online news sources such as CNNNew York Times, or The Star Tribune because it is easily accessible and consistently updated. Before I leaned more towards my friends and social circle for information, but now I believe I have a more reputable variation of news outlets and broader range of information at my fingertips. 
 
 
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The woman's shirt plainly says, "Never Forget" and the boy's eyes look at something in the distance, almost as if he has a question that hasn't been answered. They hold onto each other dearly, maybe they did this same thing 10 years ago, we don't know, but we can respectively say that today was a day many families embraced one another and relived the life altering day that happened a decade ago. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer had me asking many questions throughout the week, such as, where is the pre 9/11 coverage?  What about the night before 9/11 coverage?  Where is the tenth anniversary of 9/11 coverage and why is it not all over the website like so many other news sources? 

I feel The Philadelphia Inquirer may have forgotten how important the coverage of the tenth anniversary of this monuments day was and for some reason didn't devote as much attention to it as I would have thought necessary, especially seeing as Pennsylvania was a target to terrorists on 9/11.  

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, The Philadelphia Inquirer listed all of the events occurring on Sept. 11 in the surrounding area. This was a nice comprehensive way start comprehensive coverage, but it only ended up getting my hopes up. As I checked back each day I would find one or two articles pertaining to the event, but nothing on the main page of the website pertained to the events or anniversary of 9/11. 

On Thursday, there was an interesting article about how transportation has changed since the 9/11 attacks. We, as a nation, have spent over $460 billion dollars on homeland security since the attacks.  The Philadelphia Inquirer made this an interesting story and I am pleased they covered chose to write about this.

"An army of 50,000 transportation security officers has been deployed around the country, and since 9/11, the Transportation Security Administration has spent $57 billion on aviation security," Paul Nussbaum of The Inquirer staff wrote in the article. Nussbaum makes an interesting point and made me think about the extra security I experienced while I traveling home this weekend. However this article did not sway my views and attitude towards the coverage by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

On Friday, Trudy Rubin of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on what we have learned from 9/11 in a video, the first form of multimedia I have seen on the website since i began my research.  Rubin says we have learned: 

1. How to overcome terrorism.
2. That we have forgotten that we came together as a country on 9/11 and now are fighting one another instead. 

Both Saturday and Sunday's coverage picked up. Articles and multimedia appeared on the homepage of Philly.com. With photo illustrations, video of the Garden of Reflections ceremony and appealing stories a semi-continuous stream of coverage began to appear, but nothing of the magnitude that could be seen by The New York Times or NPR.  I am still baffled by this but today the news organization made up for themselves. 

It's the day after all of the ceremonies and memorials.  The grieving we witnessed on T.V. is no longer being shown but The Philadelphia Inquirer didn't follow suit. They set themselves apart and I was proud.  There were photo illustrations accompanied by stories that recapped the day and stories alone that spoke about the families reactions and emotions from the anniversary.  My only question is, where was the coverage during the actual day?