In the early hours of Sept. 11, 2001, Lowe's received a call from his Newsday editor telling him to leave his apartment and run downtown immediately. A plane had just crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers.
"It was horrible, huge, practically incomprehensible," Lowe said in his blog post chronicling the event.
Lowe spent the rest of the day running around wreckage interviewing victims and those able to escape and contact their families.
Although Lowe's experience represented an incredible first hand account of 9/11, what struck me most was how trauma reporting can lead to incredible journalism. It provides reporters a chance to utilize not only their journalism training, but their empathy and humanity to create a story that has the potential to change lives and effect similar, future events.
“Life is dangerous,” Lowe said. “Your job as journalists is to be able to tell stories about how to keep it from being dangerous by immersing yourselves in the danger on behalf of the innocent.”
As reporters, it's our job to ask why this danger exists and what we can do to make life less dangerous for those who read our stories. Journalists acknowledge, accept and challenge danger. In this way, they create stories that are both compelling to read and important to those who read them.
When as student asked Lowe what was most memorable about his 9/11 experience he said, "No matter how much time passes, the horror, the manic of it all stays with out. It's been 13 years and I can still remember everything."