Students, Spot News, And The Boston Bombing

By Brian McDermott

Michelle Jay was on Heartbreak Hill when her phone died. The photo editor of The Daily Free Press at Boston University didn’t think much of it. She was doing double duty, focusing on a few runners and photographing the Boston Marathon for an advanced photojournalism class and for the newspaper. Around 3 p.m., she noticed that runners were slowing down to a walk. A few police cars sped by. Then, a woman told her there had been two explosions near the finish line, about five miles away.

“I just remember my heart stopping,” the 21-year-old junior said. The last text she had received before her phone died was from another B.U. photographer near the finish line.

Read Brian McDermott's full story here, in NPPA's blog The Visual Student.