The 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is bringing with it a thorny question for journalists: what is the right balance of coverage for such a day as the years go by?

The tenth anniversary of the attacks was accompanied by reams of coverage in every newspaper, magazine and television show. That is understandable: ten years is an instinctual place to look back, to see what has changed. Yet, as time passes -- and more people say they have moved on from the attacks -- how should journalists respond?

Margaret Sullivan, the new public editor of the New York Times, opened a column on the topic with a provocative thought: "The pain, the outrage, the loss - these never fade. The amount of journalism, however, must."

While Sullivan is likely to get some pushback about the line, it is indisputably true that, as time goes on, coverage of national horrors recedes. Each anniversary of Pearl Harbor, for instance, does not bring with it a great deal of journalism.

This year, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Post were among the New York papers without a 9/11 story on their front pages. The Associated Press led its piece on the anniversary by saying that there was a sense in the country "that it's time to move forward after a decade of remembrance." No public officials were scheduled to speak at Ground Zero. Still, there was a large amount of coverage in many places. MSNBC, as it does every year, replayed its original coverage of the attacks. Networks prepared special reports for official markings of the tragedy.

"Some anniversaries offer a natural reflection point," Carolyn Ryan, the Times' metro editor, told Sullivan. "In subsequent years, we do have to mark these moments, but it will be in a more modest way."

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  • U.S Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, and Charles Schumer, D-NY, place American flags in names engraved in the border of one of the World Trade Center Memorial reflecting pools, during the 11th anniversary observance, in New York, Tuesday Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool)

  • A man embraces a woman as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • An American flag flies over a man pausing near a reflecting pool at the National September 11 Memorial during the observance of the 11th anniversary of September 11 in New York, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Todd Maisel, Pool, New York Daily News)

  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • A firefighter's hat rests on names of firefighters at the south reflecting pool who died in the attacks at the World Trade Center, during the 11th anniversary observance at the World Trade Center Memorial, in New York, Tuesday Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Justin Lane. Pool, EPA)

  • A woman holds a young boy as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • A woman becomes emotional while holding a photo of her father after reading his name as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • A boy observes a moment of silence as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, left, places a flag on a memorial site as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Todd Maisel, Pool)

  • Amelia Tedesco of Staten Island, N.Y. touches the name of her son-in-law Walter Baran of Staten Island, N.Y. during observances held on the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, at the site in New York, September 11, 2012. Baran was killed on the 90th floor of the south tower during the attacks. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool, Newsday)

  • A young boy scratches the name on paper as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Todd Maisel, Pool)

  • Two girls scratch names on paper as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Todd Maisel, Pool)

  • Family members of Belinda Pascua Domingo of New York place mementos on her name during observances held on the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, at the site in New York, September 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Newsday, Pool)

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    Captain John Lam rolls up an etching of his uncle Stuart Louis on the South Tower pool wall at the National September 11 Memorial, for his aunt during observances on the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Tuesday. Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool)

  • Nina Fisher, Mia Tinson

    Nina Fisher, sister of 9/11 victim Andrew Fisher, embraces her niece Mia Tinson, 9, at ceremonies marking the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. Begum, who is from Bangladesh, lost her nephew, Nural Miah and his wife Shakila Yasmin, two of the many Muslims who also died the attacks. New York City is observing the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. (AP Photo/John Moore, Pool

  • Tina Grazioso, left, looks at the name of her husband, John Grazioso, at the World Trade Center Memorial, who died in the attacks at the World Trade Center, during the 11th anniversary observance, in New York, Tuesday Sep. 11, 2012. At right is John Grazioso's sister Carolee Azzarello. (AP Photo/John Moore, Getty Images, Pool)

  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Childhood friends from Italy, Lucrezia Susca, 78, left, and Chiara Pesce, 75, center, hold photos of their grandchildren Grace Gollante-Susca and Danny Pesce, who were also friends and died together while working at Cantor Fitzgerald, as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, kneeling left, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, right, speak with Miah Afsaruddin at ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center, in New York,Tuesday Sept. 11, 2012. Afsaruddin, from Bangladesh, lost his son Nural Miah and daughter-in-law Shakila Yasmin in the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/John Moore,Getty Images, POOL)

  • Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, far left, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, fifth left, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, fourth right, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, second right, attend as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • The World Trade Center Flag is presented as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • A woman becomes emotional after reading the name of her father as friends and relatives of the victims of 9/11 gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center attend a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, look over a reflecting pool during a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Friends and families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, look over a reflecting pool during a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. As in past years, thousands are expected to gather at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • A man paces a bouquet of flowers at a reflecting pool during a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. As in past years, thousands are expected to gather at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Maria Rodriguez sits with photos of her son-in-law Emilio Ortiz as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • A firefighter makes a rubbing of a victim's name as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • The tower known as 1 World Trade Center, left, the National September 11 Memorial, bottom left, and 4 World Trade Center, right, are bathed in light, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. Tuesday is the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

  • Photos of victims of the attacks of September 11 and messages from their loved ones, are shown at a news conference, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in New York. On the eve of the Sept. 11 anniversary, the faces and recorded voices of those who died have been unveiled as part of the future 9/11 Memorial Museum. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)