Boston Marathon Blasts: Boston University Student Live-Tweeting Race Recounts Chaos Near Finish Line

Boston University News Service, a digital student outlet sponsored by BU’s College of Communication, is providing perhaps the most comprehensive online coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions within collegemediatopia.

The BU News Service crew set up and initially maintained a special “Marathon 2013” page focused simply on the joys of the race.  They segued into breaking news photos, updates, and first-person accounts once the blasts sounded and chaos descended.

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BU News Service staffer Lisa Kashinsky was live-tweeting the race from a 15th-floor apartment “when she heard two back-to-back explosions.”  As she writes for The Patriot Ledger, where she previously interned, “Runners on the course stopped in their tracks.  A few turned and began running in the the opposite direction. . . . The sound of sirens filled the air as police officers, fire trucks, and ambulances rushed toward Copley Square.  Cell phone service was down, as many people tried to make calls that would not go through.  Text messages were delayed in both sending and receiving messages, and 3G service was slow, if it worked at all.

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