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April 20, 2013

Why Did My Newspaper Do That? Bringing home emotions of Marathon terrorist attack

From the moment we learned of the two explosions that rocked the finish line at the Boston Marathon last Monday, it was clear that this terrifying story would pose all sorts of challenges in terms of media coverage, including for us here at the Times.

Indeed, while the scope of the story has reached far beyond the usual local coverage we provide on the front pages and inside the Times, we’ve recognized all week that the enormity of this terrorist attack so close to home is by far the dominant issue on everyone’s minds, and in their hearts, as well.

Yet, we’ve also tried throughout the week to carry through on what we see as our duties to you as our Gloucester and Cape Ann readers:

To not only present the full, large-scale story, as covered by, in this case, the Associated Press and the major TV networks, but to relate the roles played by Gloucester and Cape Ann residents at the marathon scene and here, as well.

To stay on top of the fast-changing breaking daily news in the bombing story through our online coverage at, through our text alerts, and especially through our Facebook and posts, updated regularly by Features editor Andrea Holbrook.

To continue presenting coverage of other Cape Ann news, so you can stay on top of not only this precedent-setting terrorism story, but in touch with other local news, as well.

That has also meant a lot of decisions, right from the first day, when it became apparent that, to give the marathon bombings the presentation it warranted, we would have to move our local lead stories as of then — on Gloucester liquor licenses and on the Gloucester police finding in last May’s fatal Essex motorcycle crash. Both of those had been pegged for the top half of the page; both ultimately appeared near the bottom, as we focused almost entirely on the marathon terrorism attack.

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