I’m often asked, “How do you get a job shooting in TV news?” If you try my book, Breaking Into TV News, I detail the step-by-step process to how new people, predominantly college students, can get their feet in the doors and from there to a career in the business. If you’re already a shooter...

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This last Friday morning, Gina Knepp, manager of the Sacramento Animal Shelter on Front Street e-mailed the KCRA-3 News assignment desk telling us that the day before they had a record sixty — 60 — kittens dropped off. This is an astounding number of animals to have surrendered to the shelter in one day. And this...

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Saturday, May 15, 2015 Normally I work the morning-afternoon shift on Saturdays at KCRA, working 7 AM-4 PM. But this particular Saturday I traded with one of the nightside shooters so he could attend the retirement party of a fellow photographer at one of the other stations across town. (NOTE #1: I don’t regard the...

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The Amgen Tour of California begins today in Sacramento and KCRA-3 TV kicked it off with lengthy coverage of the morning preparations on KCRA Reports at 7 AM and 8AM, our daily two-hour news block. the morning coverage. Sunday is normally my Saturday, since my weekly shift is Tuesday-Saturday, but I volunteered to be the extra roving...

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If you’ve been dropping in on my GoPro series, I’ve been trying to incorporate GoPro footage as much as I can, using the little action camera as a primary news camera. I’m still using my Sony HD XDCAM for recording interviews, but it is only a matter of time before I am going to do...

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Notice: GoPro filming a GoPro. The girl in the lower right is recording with her GoPro.

GoPro Goes News–The first story–Part 3

April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

This all got started when back in January my incredible sister Margo Carroll sent me a text with a picture of a Bolex H16 16mm movie camera that was at an auction she was attending. She remembered way, way back to the 1970s when I co-owned one with my high school photography best friend Mike...

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Continuing in the series I am writing on using the GoPro action camera in “non-action” news coverage. Readers please note: I am not writing this series in any particular order or plan in mind. Perhaps the “plan” will come to me later. I’m discovering and exploring many uses for the GoPro — and I haven’t...

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I am fascinated by cameras and always looking at new cameras and thinking of how I can use them in my job of shooting news to make pictures that are interesting for me to shoot and for the viewers at home to enjoy. GoPro cameras have been used mostly to capture footage under extreme and unusual situations...

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KCRA Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal, U-2 Pilot

February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Friday, February 13, 2015, might as well have been called “Mike Carroll Day” at KCRA because I had two separate stories that ran on the news — “Calling All Dreamers” in the 6 o’clock, and this story on U-2 pilot Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal in the 10 & 11 o’clock. This is another story given...

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KCRA Calling All Dreamers

February 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

When it rains, it pours! In the last two weeks of December I did four reporter-photographer packages for KCRA. I’ve wanted to do another package–or a couple more!– since then, but not had the opportunity. Today, Friday, February 13, 2015–I had two reporter-photographer packages on the same day! My guardian angel on the assignment desk,...

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KCRA The 2015 Running Season Begins!

January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Saturday, January 3, 2015. The first weekend day of the new year. It’s a Saturday so, of course, I’m working. And Saturdays are typically short-staffed, like every workplace, so I will typically be given a couple of short & simple assignments to run around town and pick up that will help to fill up the...

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KCRA Restaurants Optimistic for 2015

January 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

On Christmas Day last week I just wanted to go out and do one of my own packages. I started out this New Year’s Day by continuing that holiday spirit and texting the KCRA assignment desk requesting to do the same. I like doing stories that have a business/economic theme. That makes them more of a hard news story and tends...

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News is a 24/7 business. No matter what day of the week, month, year, holiday, whatever — the show must go on. In the 31 years I’ve been shooting TV news I’ve had Christmas day off five or six times. It’s just a given and goes with the territory. If you don’t want to work...

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Just as with Christmas shopping at the mall every year, from Black Friday after Thanksgiving — or nowadays even ON Thanksgiving — and all the way through to the end of December after-Christmas sales, if you’re working in TV news you are going to be covering Christmas shopping. Another story that I’ve been covering since...

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It’s late in December, which means that in TV news you’re going to be doing a lot of stories about Christmas shopping, food & toy collection drives, giveaways to the needy, not to mention snow and rain and storms and road coverage and more. Stories that everybody has seen every year in the past on...

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I am a fanatic about editing and starting a shot on just the right frame — and frames in TV in the U.S. roll at 30-frames-per-second. But in editing, being off by so much as one or two frames can made a difference. When I hear people mention that a story or a film had...

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KCRA PTSD Golf

November 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

I often tell people that I don’t believe in Heaven, but I do believe in angels. One of the angels who is always looking over me is Melissa Chacon on the KCRA assignment desk. She always has her eyes out for stories that I can turn around as a one-person reporter-photographer. This particular story that...

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In "The Buzz Room" with KCRA anchor Brian Heap. (Formerly of my Wichita station KWCH-TV.)

KCRA Election Night-In “The Buzz Room”

November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Election night is a big deal in TV news stations across the country. At KCRA in Sacramento, California, it is an institution. Once our prime news hours begin at 5 o’clock in the afternoon our local election news coverage, combined with the NBC network coverage of the national scene, goes wall-to-wall until 11:30 or later,...

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