Tina Nalepa – 1851 Staff
Communication students gathered to learn first hand reporting from Eric Moskowitz of The Boston Globe who spoke about reporting the events of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“The day was just like any normal day,” said Moskowitz. “I was driving to get lunch after mailing out my taxes when I received a phone call from The Globe about two bombs going off at the [marathon] finish line.”
Once he arrived at the finish line, the last ambulance was driving away and all that was left were panicked runners looking for their families.
“I felt the least I could do was lend them my phone to call their families,” said Moskowitz.
The rest of the day consisted of Moskowitz tweeting pictures and reporting on the victims and survivors of the horrific day. While walking down Commonwealth Ave., Moskowitz ran into a family whose mother had been taken away in an ambulance from the finish line and was unaware of which hospital she was taken. He also noticed the daughter picking fabric out of her hair that later was identified to be the fabric from one of the bags the bombs was carried in.
Later in the week, when the bombing suspects shot MIT officer Sean Collier, Moskowitz was at the scene and kept the Globe’s City Desk informed. Later when he heard of the shootout between the suspects and police in Watertown, he followed.
Despite the serious nature of his surroundings, Moskowitz said he never felt unsafe. “If the camera man was reporting, I felt I was safe,” he said.
The next day, The Globe called Moskowitz informing him they got a lead on who the shooters were and the man who was carjacked by them. The victim was a 26-year-old Chinese man, named Danny.
Later that day, Moskowitz went to Danny’s house to get information to fill in gaps of the night. At first Danny was uneasy about talking to Moskowitz; he didn’t want to release information that would put him into any more harm. But Danny slowly started to recount for Mosckiwitz.
“I was scared I was never going to see the girl I like, who lives in New York, ever again,” Danny told Moskowitz. “That was running through my mind the whole time they were telling me they blew up the marathon and just shot a cop.”
Moskowitz was pleased with the information Danny gave him. The two still keep in contact and are scheduled to see a Celtics game later this year. After the presentation, the floor was opened up to questions. One student asked if Moskowitz life has changed since reporting on the bombing. “Yes, I have received longer feature stories and more investigative stories as well as longer deadlines to complete a story. Through this I proved myself. I’m not just the young new guy anymore. I added value to my work as well as myself ” said, Moskowitz.