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.