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Bookstores–Part 1: I Love Books!

January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love bookstores! In my career I’ve had to pack up and move across country a couple of times, tossing a million things into boxes, and my most beloved possessions in those boxes are a couple of hundred books that have been a part of my life since—well, forever. My books are like the molecules...

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KCRA’s Common Ground–The Mike Carroll Show

January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Almost every month of the year KCRA airs a magazine program called Common Ground, which I have written about a number of times here over the years. I do the post-production on the show and strive to contribute at least one story a month. On occasion I have had two stories in the same show....

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KCRA—The Last Bookstore in Truckee

January 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love books! And I love bookstores!! Just yesterday I was up in Yuba City chasing rain for KCRA. (I have written before about our extensive weather coverage.) It was time for lunch and since I was in the area I decided to check out a used bookstore. I Googled “used bookstores Yuba City” and...

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KCRA–50 Bikes for 50 Kids

January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

I don’t normally work on Mondays, but this week I’m not only working Tuesday-Saturday, I’m working Monday-Saturday. Six days. But this is the job. As I always tell people, if you want a regular work schedule, don’t get a job in TV news. (And these jobs are hard as hell to get!) It’s Marting Luther...

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One thing that people have been saying a lot to me these days (and I wonder if it’s because I’m sporting  all-gray hair now) is,  “I’ll bet you’ve seen a lot of things in your life. What’s the most interesting story you’ve been on?” “This one right here, because it’s where I’m at now.” From...

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GoPro in the Sierra Nevadas

January 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is just going to be a short one. When KCRA news shooters at are assigned to head “up to the hill” into the mountains to cover the winter snows, in addition to our new stories, we always shoot weather video — footage of the highways to show weather and road conditions. We typically shoot these...

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Batting 4-For-3 — At Channel Three

January 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to 2016! 2015 was a big year. To be honest, I think every year is a big year. Or should be. I think every year has value if we truly look back on it and see the accomplishments — personal, professional, family, relationships, direction, etc. — and see that, regardless of how it looked...

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KCRA—First Baby Born in Sacramento 2016

January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Going into the 2015 Holidays, I told the news managers at KCRA that my goal was to turn a reporter-photographer package on all three of the major holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s. I’d volunteered to work the holidays. It helps out the shooters with kids to be able to be with their families. And I get...

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KCRA–GoPro–Beverley Carlson, E-Bike Rider

December 26, 2015 | 1 Comments

I love bicycles! I got my first bicycle when I was 13 – a used orange 10-speed Schwinn. It opened up my world. I rode that bike EVERYWHERE! By the time I was fifteen I was riding it twenty miles from where I lived, never letting my parents know how far I was going and...

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2015 has been a wild year for me. Some of which I’ve mentioned here recently, others I may bring up at a later date. Among them, my recent article on my taking a break from filmmaking and focusing my creative juices on my TV journalism/photojournalism work at KCRA (which is a paying gig!), and other...

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A News Day-In-The-Life: When I come into work in the mornings I almost never know what I’m going to be doing or where I’m going to be going that day. And I like that. I like showing up and the day becomes and improv, like Jazz, that you just go with, and respond to. I’m...

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I Am NOT Making A New Film—And Why

December 13, 2015 | 1 Comments

(Advance To Reader: This Is A Diary Entry–What I’ve been up to, what I haven’t been doing & why. This is more written. And more will follow in subsequent entries. I’m still here. I’m still writing. I’m still posting videos when I do them. I’m not taking off any time soon!!!) Every time I run...

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GoPro–Three Camera Shoot–One Cameraman

November 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Doing more with less.” We’ve heard this a lot over the past number of years, particularly in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn. I’ve taken advantage of that ethos in expanding from shooting TV news to shooting and being my own reporter. Certainly also with my films as a writer-producer-director-cameraman-editor-distributor. But these efforts have...

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KCRA Salvation Army Food Truck Thanksgiving

November 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ever since I’ve been shooting TV news, if I’m working Thanksgiving Day, I can count on being at shelter or a church filming traditional Thanksgiving meals being served to those in need. It just goes with the job, no getting around it. This year, however, for the first time, I not only shot the story,...

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KCRA—Nello Olivo Grape Harvest 2015    

September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anyone who’s read any of this site will know that I love vineyards and will look for any opportunity to do a wine story. There’s something so beautiful about the symmetry of the lines of the grapevines, and I can never get enough of shooting close-ups of blue or green grapes hanging in bunches from...

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KCRA – Filming the Firefights

September 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s been a helluva couple weeks in Northern California. Two fires broke out—literally exploded—in a matter of days. One—the Valley Fire in the Calistoga, northern Napa and Sonoma area—went from 0 acres to 20,000 acres in one hour. Everyone has heard about California’s drought. Well, it’s nearly the end of the summer and the state...

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GoPro Gets Organic — Part 5

July 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

What I love about the GoPro camera is that they seem to be able to go just about anywhere. For this story I just wanted it to go to the ground. We’ve all probably been noticing the rise of farmer’s markets and organic produce sections in grocery stores. I’ve done a couple of farmer’s market...

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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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