WCVB Whitey Bulger Lower Third

Courtroom Coverage via Twitter

Problem: New England’s two biggest news stories of 2013: the Boston Marathon bombing and Whitey Bulger trial. WCVB NewsCenter 5 faced a unique challenge: covering federal court proceedings with no cameras allowed in the courtroom.

Solution: Richard quickly designed and developed a system to feed live reporter tweets on-air as a matching lower third banner, while seamlessly matching the station’s corporate mandated graphics package. Tweets updated within one second, allowing WCVB NewsCenter 5 to be first on the air and online with the Whitey Bulger verdict and developments in the case of the Boston Marathon bomber. Producers can setup the system within a few seconds, specifying which reporters accounts will be displayed live on-air.


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Real-time Twitter News Stream

Problem: When Richard joined WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston in 2011, the station’s Twitter account simply posted links to each article posted on TheBostonChannel.com. Articles had to be written and posted by a member of the web staff, which didn’t match the immediacy of real-time breaking news coverage on Twitter.
Solution: Reporters, producers and photographers are at the heart of any TV station’s news gathering capabilities. Why not put them in control of the station’s Twitter account? Keeping account security in mind, Richard designed and developed a backend application that retweeted any approved newsroom staffer that used a specific hashtag. Now, the station’s Twitter followers receive real-time tweets from all of WCVB NewsCenter 5’s news gathering resources – even if no one is able to tweet directly from the web department. This system proved particularly effective during the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent manhunt and shootout, where reporters were able to tweet public safety information instantaneously.

WHDH-TV Website Redesign

Problem: In 2009, Sunbeam Televison’s websites, WHDH.com and WSVN.com, were becoming obsolete. WHDH.com’s web traffic trailed far behind its competitors.

Solution: Richard redesigned the station’s website from scratch. The site sported a clean design, easy-to-use video player and heavy social media integration. As a result, page views almost instantly increased over 41% and uniques increased over 38%. At the time, the station’s websites were among the cleanest and most user-friendly of the local competition.

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