Getting the Gold: Boston Globe Wins with Marathon Coverage

Despite our beloved campus technically being in Chestnut Hill, Boston is a second home for many Eagles. This past week, Boston College students and Bostonians alike have had a lot to be proud of, aside, obviously, from  Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis’s new single, “Massachusetts.”

Screenshot via boston.com

Screenshot via boston.com

Last Saturday was a big night for journalism with the Online News Association’s annual conference to honor excellence in digital journalism and multimedia storytelling. Boston’s home paper, The Boston Globe, took a trip down to Atlanta for the conference and came home with unmatched awards and recognitions.

Image via Aaron Tang/Wikimedia Commons.

Image via Aaron Tang/Wikimedia Commons.

One of Massachusetts's leading news sources, The Globe received two nominations: one for their nine-month long investigation of taxi regulation in the city, titled “Driven to the Edge,” and a second for the “General Excellence in Online Journalism” award.

The Globe came home with two awards, the “Knight Award for Public Service” for their interactive series “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope” on BostonGlobe.com, and the “Breaking News, Large” category’s award for the Globe’s coverage of the Marathon bombings and aftermath this past April.

It can almost go without saying that this second award means more to us here in Boston than the honor of being the top rank in digital journalism. The Marathon bombings had a profound impact on all of us: whether you were a current Eagle, a past Eagle or are just entering this fall, when that bomb went off and that story broke, we all felt the impact.

Globe Editor Brian McGrory. Image via Newton Free Library/Flickr.

Globe Editor Brian McGrory.
Image via Newton Free Library/Flickr.

The Globe was faced with the daunting task of accurately and quickly getting the details of the story out to the public so that loved ones could be informed and the public made aware with the necessary respect demanded of such a tragedy.

“Our journalists worked for long hours in dangerous situations to keep the public informed and get the story right, using every means of digital storytelling available,” said Boston Globe editor, Brian McGrory. “We’re grateful to our colleagues in the industry for recognizing our efforts to make sense of this tragedy.”

In April, Boston changed forever. Our city was no longer a point on the map, but instead a community whose resilience and story were recognized around the world. Getting the story right meant more than just fact-checking statistics. Getting the story right meant capturing the essence of devastation, while not forgetting the intense hope that sprung up through the Boston streets.

This story, our home’s story, was one that had to be told right, and not just by anyone. The Boston Globe did not just report about the Marathon bombings. They spoke for those who could speak no longer, and they made sure that our community was represented as who we are: Boston strong.

From all of us here at The Gavel, congratulations to The Boston Globe.

Featured image via Tony Fischer/Wikimedia Commons.

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