Journalists Discuss Covering Boston Marathon Tragedy

There are going to be a slew of heroic tales that emerge in the coming days regarding the Boston Marathon tragedy, but since we’re media centric here, we thought we’d gather some of the thoughts expressed by journalists covering the event. Below are just a few.

John Tlumacki – Boston Globe photographer, as told to Time:

I was so shook up about it — I was speechless when I was there [on scene]. My eyes were swelling up behind my camera. We use a camera as a defense but I was shaken when I got back, just scanning the pictures. The other sad part was that I took my shoes off because they were covered in blood from walking on the sidewalk taking pictures.

I always wondered what it would be like when I see photographers covering this stuff all over the world. You go to Israel and then there’s an explosion and photographers are there. It’s haunting to be a journalist and have to cover it. I don’t ever want to have to do that again.

John Eligon, New York Times reporter, had just finished running the marathon. He told The Huffington Post:

I love breaking news, so for me, all the thoughts of having just run the race and being sore left my head, and I put on my reporter’s hat and went out to cover it as a news story.

The Washington Post’s Vernon Loeb had also just finished the race. He told MSNBC:

It’s normally a very soulful, relaxed crowd down around the Boylston Street after the marathon. It was beautiful weather. When the explosions went off, a hush went over the city. Almost instantaneously, there were just a symphony of sirens and they just got louder and louder.

Steve Silva, sports producer, told the Globe:

There was blood everywhere; there were victims being carried out on stretchers. I saw someone lose their leg. People are crying. People are confused.

[Image: John Tlumacki—The Boston Globe/Getty Images]

Publish date: April 16, 2013 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT