YouTube and New York Times Launch September 11 Channel

On September 11th 2001, al-Qaeda  terrorist attacks in the United States rocked the entire  world leaving them distressed and terrified. The devastating terrorist attack took away more than 3,000 lives, and the day still remains engraved in the minds of not only the Americans, but also the entire world.

YouTube in collaboration with The New York Times is marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attack by launching a dedicated YouTube Channel  called “Reflections on 9/11“, featuring special videos and content from the New York Times, archived news broadcasts from September 2001, and personal stories of those people whose lives were deeply affected by the attacks.

Olivia Ma, YouTube News & Politics Manager, wrote in a blog post stating, Through telling and sharing stories, we can all hope to make sense of an event that, for many of us, was one of the defining moments of our lives. Thank you for sharing yours.

YouTube is seeking its subscribers to create videos by sharing their stories, and uploading them on the site. It is working to  collaborate  with Storyful, which will pick some of the best videos, and feature them on The New York Times websites and also on the YouTube home page on September 11 this year.

Users need to create a video based on the following questions –

  • Your strongest memory of that day or that time period
  • How 9/11 changed you, and how you believe it changed America
  • What you lost – or gained — because of 9/11

The videos must be submitted to –

Currently the channel hosts a story told by 9/11 widow Alissa Torres, who was seven months pregnant at the time of the attack. Torres went on to write the comic book, “American Widow.”

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