A guide for ENGL 2501 and ENGL 3801
Every runner in the Boston Marathon has a story to tell.
Students in Introduction to Journalism and Writing for Electronic Media at Emmanuel College will be telling several of them for their midterm this semester as they prepare to cover the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.
The shadow of the 2013 bombings remains over this year’s Marathon (I capitalize on second reference because that’s MetroWest Daily News style, not AP style, and I wrote most of my Marathon-related stories there). Demand for numbers, from runners who were stopped from finishing and runners who were impacted by the bombing, was at an all-time high, leading to an increase in the field by 9,000 runners.
Students will be asked to seek out runners for a profile prior to the race and re-connect with the runners a few days after to weave the story of their run into an overall narrative of Marathon Day. They will be live-Tweeting, shooting photo and video and, I hope, coming back with complete packages of a restored Boston Marathon.
How will the students find someone who is running the Marathon?
A few sample runner profiles from my former hyperlocal sites: