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The New York Times and YouTube want you to share your 9/11 reflections




It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since 9/11. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I found out about the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. Do you? All generations have events that are marked in history so indelibly that each person old enough to remember can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when the events happened. The first landing on the moon, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the bombing of Pearl Harbor are a few of those events. And now, through the power of the Internet and social media, we can share our feelings and reflections on 9/11, one of the most horrific and tragic events in history.


The New York Times and YouTube have set up a special YouTube channel and they want you to share your memories of 9/11 by making a video. Here are the instructions from the channel:

YouTube and the New York Times are marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with this YouTube channel, featuring special content from the New York Times, archived news broadcasts from September 2001, and your own personal stories and tributes.

We are working with our partners at Storyful to curate the best videos around the anniversary, and we hope this channel will provide an enduring record of what took place on that day.

We also want to collect your reflections.

- What was your strongest memory of that day?

 - How did 9/11 change you, and how do you believe it changed America?

 - What did you lose -- or gain -- because of 9/11?

Make a video answering any of these questions and submit it to A selection of your videos will be featured on the The New York Times site and YouTube homepage on September 11 this year.

The site also includes videos produced by the New York Times staff, which are very well-done. If you have a webcam and a computer or even a smartphone you can share your experience by recording a video and clicking on the "Share Your Story" button.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 3:36pm]


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