Boston press to be toasted on Boylston Street. PHOTO: jenful.com
A pair of "grateful Bostonians" are organizing a Toast the Press event next week at Lir on Boylston Street to thank local media for covering the Boston Marathon Bombings, and as they put it, "hitting it out of the park."
The proceeds - $10 suggested donations at the door - will go toward The One Fund Boston.
According to an Eventbrite page:
While CNN and Fox News were fumbling the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston's print, radio, and television reporters gave us accurate, up to date reports. National news rushed to be first, but Boston's locals beat them to the facts, reflected our collective strength and, most importantly, showed resolve in the face of stress, exhaustion, and overwhelming emotion. While we were stuck in our apartments, they eschewed rest and made us proud of our city.
"After running the marathon and having stress about that, my first reaction was to turn off the news and try to avoid everything, which is impossible to do in these days,” said Meg Reilly, one of the organizers.
Reilly, who is wrapping up her career as in media relations, crossed the finish line just minutes before two explosions devastated Boylston Street, killing three and injuring over 200.
“As things started to unfold, I found myself going from my ‘media fast’ into non-stop watching the news, following reporters on twitter, and reading news everyday.”
The result, according to Reilly, was more timely and accurate reporting by local television news and radio stations, as well as blogs and newspapers.
"I remember thinking, 'They must be exhausted. They were going for 24 plus straight hours,'" she said. "What an emotional roller coaster. They needed someone to toast them, to give a big thank you, because you’re not going to see too many cover stories in the Globe talking about how Globe reporters are great."
Her reporter friends, at first shy, warmed up to the event after learning they'd be given free booze.
"I think they also like the idea of having people come together for a good cause. I think if it was just about, 'Come let us toast you!' it would be a little uncomfortable for them."
Toast the Press kicks off at 6 p.m. next Thursday. Details are available on the event page.
Organizers are promoting the event on Twitter with the hastag #JournoLove
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