By capturing a clear and dramatic photo of the second bomb explosion during the horrific Boston Marathon terrorist attack, Suffolk University broadcast journalism major Dan Lampariello learned a valuable lesson of how the media works when breaking news hits.
“There is nothing in a classroom that could have prepared me for what I had to deal with on Monday,” he says after fielding interview requests from across the globe.
Meanwhile, the many Suffolk journalism students who had been assigned to cover the marathon made links to their photos and videos available to the FBI.
“It became way too much”
“It became way too much”
Lampariello attended the marathon to cheer on his aunt and uncle, who were running to support Children’s Hospital. As a member of the Suffolk U News team, he also took photos of the day’s festivities along the course.
One of those photos brought the Suffolk junior attention from media across the globe.
Shortly after Lampariello tweeted his photo of the second bomb explosion, he got a return tweet from ABC News, requesting permission to use his photo and asking if Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos could interview him. He agreed.
Once the interview aired, Lampariello got a firsthand look of how the news-gathering industry goes about its business.
“News agencies from all over the world were calling and asking me for an interview and the use of my photo,” he said. “I felt overwhelmed. It became way too much.”
Lampariello ended up selling his photo to Reuters, which distributed it worldwide.
Lampariello, still stunned by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, doesn’t feel he did anything special. He only hopes that his photo will open the eyes of people everywhere, depicting how a traditionally joyous event can instantly turn deadly.
Sophomore Ashley Cullinane and a friend, who were shooting video about a block away from where the second bomb explosion occurred, were more than willing to share their information with the FBI.
“What we see as people running or people crying could be something much bigger to investigative sources,” said Cullinane. “It’s the details and little things that matter. It may be footage in our hands, but leads and tips to others trying to solve the case.”
Junior Heidi Walsh said that the investigation became the focus for many in the aftermath of the blasts.
“In a situation like this, I think it’s a priority to give authorities as much information as possible,” she said. “News stations must realize that protecting people’s safety is more important than ratings.”
Said senior Michelle Leonardo: “It’s vital to do as much as we can to help the Boston Police and other investigators do their job.”
Communication and Journalism Chair Bob Rosenthal noted that the students showed courage in the face of disaster.
“I just think they’re incredibly brave,” he said. “They stayed there. They were covering the event, and they stayed there and took pictures. What an absolutely amazing, courageous budding group of young journalists.”