Newscast: WBUR breaking news and live coverage


Radio programmings run 24 hours of every day of the week. Some programs are recorded beforehand and played at a designated hour.

The Program On Point is an example of a show that plays live on the radio and allows listeners to call in to comment about the topic being discussed. The content of live programs is planned. so it does not cover breaking news as speedily as other news sites.

As a radio, WBUR has certain constraints to reporting breaking news on the air so instead they turn to Twitter as platform for them to stay connecting connected and participating in on-going events as they happen.

Below is an example of WBUR tweeting about House Intel Chair Devin Nunes and crediting NPR as a source. They also retweet information by NPR and The Associated Press.

WBUR tweets and retweets about their programs as well.

When it comes to live coverage, WBUR excels at using their platform to reach out to their listeners and station donors.

In early April WBUR held a 26.2 hour pledge drive. The fundraiser was themed after the upcoming Boston Marathon. They used the hashtags  #teamWBUR  and #keepdemocracyrunning throughout the event.

They created a website that stated their mission and tracked twitter posts regarding the fundraiser.


Twitter was a popular platform to follow the fundraisers. There were also Instagram posts on their Instagram profile and story.



Newscast: WBUR & Alternative Story-Telling

Bostonomix is an WBUR program that focus on covering stories about Boston through the lens of urban development and the city’s economy.

On April 4th, 2017, Bostononomix wrote a Innovator Spotlight on Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web.

The feature on the WBUR website includes a 14 minute long audio clip of an interview with Berners-Lee on Radio Boston. The article includes how Berners-Lee created the internet in 1989 and his oppinions on the future of the web.

 “He insists he’s still an optimist (in the long-term), in part because he thinks the         web will inevitably evolve. It’s “crazy to imagine the web will remain just as it is,” he said. Berners-Lee says the people designing the current networks need to adjust their strategies, and have to rethink their roles and ensure they make online spaces into “places where nice things happen.””

The story was featured on WBUR’s Twitter and Instagram pages that allows the story to reach more readers.

On Twitter the caption for the story and post was limited by the character limited but still related to the main story.

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, "it was designed to be universal. The whole point was breaking apart silos." ⠀ ⠀ • • • • ⠀ ⠀ He wanted to make communication easier. And he believed deeply in the power of a connected world to help us all work more efficiently and collaboratively across cultural boundaries.⠀ ⠀ "The idea was that it could put anything on it. I never imagined that it would kind of have everything on it," Berners-Lee said.⠀ ⠀ • • • • ⠀ ⠀ Berners-Lee is receiving the prestigious Turing Award for his invention. It's an honor thought of as a Nobel Prize for computer science that comes with a $1 million award from Google.⠀ ⠀ He spoke with WBUR's Bostonomix about the state of the web today. Read more at⠀ ⠀ #Internet #TImBernersLee #MIT #science #technology

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On Instagram the caption for the post highlights key points in the main article. It concludes by saying more can be read on WBUR’s website under the Bostonmix tab. Make the story searchable, they included the hashtags: #Internet #TImBernersLee #MIT #science #technology


Gallery: Record Temperatures in February 2017

February 24, 2017 was the all-time record high of 71 degrees, the warmest observed temperature in Boston during the month of February, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record, 70 degrees, was set on Feb. 24, 1985.

Newscast: WBUR’s small take on fake news

Fake news has become a contentious point of conversation and concern for the media and the public. Typing “fake news” into WBUR’s online search brought up a Here & Now segment called “Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Writes Manifesto About The Future Of The World.”


The piece was a 5:50 minute-long radio interview with Kara Swisher, editor of Recode, who interviewed Mark Zuckerburg about his manifesto. Swisher described Zuckerburg as “probably the most earnest CEO in Silicon Valley… he was really quite genuine in doing this”

Zuckerburg’s action is in response to people’s accusation that FB has been proliferating fake news. He spoke about people who share headlines of articles that don’t read that are false.

“Sharing globally didn’t used to be controversial,” Zuckerburg said in the manifesto. “Globalization did not used to be controversial.” He proposed using Facebook as a tool to prevent suicides and even catch terrorists.

“Should you use Facebook as a government agency?” Swisher questioned in her interview with Here and Now.

Using the search bar again, there were more results for “alternative facts.” An article by WBUR News titled “With ‘Fake News,’ Trump Moves From Alternative Facts To Alternative Language” provides a thought-provoking analysis of what is fake news and why it has become relevant.fakealt.png

This piece by Danielle Kurtzleben does a great in-depth analysis of fake news. It recognizes Trump’s criticism of the press as a recent cause of news organizations struggling to maintain their credibility. Furthermore, the public finds it more difficult to distinguish what is fact and what is biased opinion.

“Now, Trump casts all unfavorable news coverage as fake news,” Kurtzleben writes. “In one tweet, he even went so far as to say that “any negative polls are fake news.” And many of his supporters have picked up and run with his new definition.”


WBUR News does a good job of covering the conversation of fake news. As an organization as a whole, WBUR’s limited segments on the topic is not out of neglect. They provide coverage on a broad range of pressing topics such as Boston traffic, proposed reform to Massachusetts’ Criminal Justice System, and the possibility of Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood  expansion.

Newtrack: WBUR’s Super Bowl XXIII

Based in Boston, WBUR is familiar with covering the Patriots. For the Super Bowl WBUR generated multimedia content to cover the big game and the celebration that followed.

Below are images from WBUR Newsroom’s gallery titled “Photos: Patriots And Fans Celebrate Historic, Come-From-Behind Super Bowl Win” posted the morning after the game.

The gallery features photos by WBUR photographer Joe Difazio as well as images from the Associated Press. Using several sources for content allows WBUR to maintain a high standard for quality.cask-cel


The Newsroom also reported in preparation for the 2017 Patriots Parade, providing a map of the parade route which began near Prudential Center and finished at City Hall Plaza.

They’re coverage of the victory parade included a interview with Boston’s chief of operations, Patrick Brophy. “We’ve done this a number of times,” Brophy said. “We try to improve upon it each and every time and make this an experience that young children and families will never forget.”

The article concluded with a statement Mayor Marty Walsh made Sunday night announcing the parade:”The Patriots have made Boston and New England proud — fire up the duck boats!”

WBUR Newsroom followed the parade with a follow up article title: “Fans Line Boston Streets To Celebrate Patriots Super Bowl Victory.” Images from that article are included below.






News Track: WBUR

90.9 WBUR FM  was founded through Boston University in 1950 and began broadcasting NPR programming in 1970. Today WBUR is recognized as Boston’s NPR news and information station, having the largest radio newsroom in New England.


(Newsroom photo courtesy of WBUR)

NPR’s mission statement is to help build an informed public – “one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.” They work with Member Stations such as WBUR to achieve this goal.

WBUR covers local, national, and international relevant topics such as news, arts, and sports. Their vision as an organization reflects NPR’s. “Through a dynamic exchange of ideas, WBUR serves and engages the local community as a source of news and information, providing insight and cultural context that unites a diverse, complex and changing world.”

Although a radio station, WBUR creates multimedia content to go along with their radio stories. Below is their website in which users can explore stories from different programs and even listen to live streaming and