On Wednesday, April 24 the Institute of Politics brought together Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Department of Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem, Harvard Divinity School Dean David Hempton, Director of MEMA Kurt Schwartz and WBZ Anchor David Wade for an extensive conversation on terrorism, coordinated city, state and federal responses, impact of the media, and the resilience of Boston during and after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Before the Forum event, we spoke to WBZ-TV News Anchor and Reporter David Wade about being on the ground covering the bombings and subsequent "manhunt." Wade says that during the lockdown, the hardest part of being on the ground was getting information and making sure the information was correct.
Being a local channel, coverage of the events was much more personal for Wade.
"The Boston Marathon is very personal to us at Channel 4, because we are the station that covers it from beginning to end," said Wade. "This is our city. I grew up here. I know these streets, and I think that helped the coverage."
Being able to pass along information as simple as the layout of the streets and neighborhoods was something the channel was able to do more efficiently than the national networks.
Finally, social media played a huge role - for good or for bad - in these events. Wade says he is a big fan of Twitter and is normally tweeting information to followers while he is covering a story. However, there was an abundant amount of misinformation being spread around on social channels during these events. "There were a lot of people putting out information from scanner traffic. It's "journalism 101" that you do not use scanner traffic to do your news," said Wade. "You just don't."
Visit the John F. Kennedy Jr. website to view the full Forum event "Boston Marathon Tragedy and Aftermath."