Newspapers were thinking on their leer as news came out.
In stark contrast to the rest of the western world, 11 September was a great day for national newspaper journalists. As the true horror of terrorist actions in the US unfurled, the news came to the papers, not the other way around.
But the papers and their editors nevertheless had numerous important decisions to take as they concocted the news blend that would make up Wednesday's pages: where to draw the line between just informing and sensationalising; what editorial stance to take on such a fragile diplomatic situation; what to do with advertising that, compared with the news content, appeared trivial.
With graphic images and details flooding in, sensitivity became a paramount issue. Editors made difficult judgment calls throughout the first day of coverage.