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Spanning from the early morning start to the thrill of the finish line, multimedia journalism students in the Boston University News Service covered the Boston Marathon from all angles this year – live and in real time at the BUNS website.

In advance of “Marathon Monday,” students wrote stories, produced an interactive graphic of the race course, and created an audio slideshow.

Then, on race day, students live blogged the entire race, tweeting and emailing in text updates, photos and videos. Photojournalism students uploaded pictures to BUNS’ Flickr feed, while broadcast students worked on a video package showing how workers set up the big day. The stakes were real, with outlets like and WCVB running selections from the students’ work.

“This was truly a multimedia team effort involving multiple classes and students, including one sophomore who showed up on my doorstep and wanted to get on board,” said Michelle Johnson, a professor of journalism at COM.

The results, Johnson said, paid off. “We also got props from Jason Tuohey, [editor], who was impressed that we’re teaching students how to cover events live online this way,” she said.


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Online Journalism

This course introduces students to reporting, writing and creating multimedia journalism for the web. Students will view and critique news web site and learn how to create stories using a variety mediums. They will learn which elements - text, stills, audio, video, and interactive graphics - are best for delivering a story and engaging an online news audience. Students will learn the basics of the tools needed to create multimedia journalism packages and practice using them to report news online.

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