Batting 4-For-3 — At Channel Three
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 at the time, day by day, at the end of the year you can be surprised by just how many things actually happened in your life and the lives of those around you.
Okay, back to work — news, storytelling, filmmaking!
I think I mentioned it in the past few blogs (–I say this because I don’t go back and read my blogs; they are dispatches from the front and once they go out I saddle up and move out!–) that back in October or November I volunteered to work all three of the approaching major holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. I also went to KCRA’s managing editors and told them that my goal was to turn a same-day reporter-photographer package for each of those days. I told them well in advance so that when they came in and were making up the assignments they could already have this in their planner.
The managing editors’ response to this was: “Great! Mike Carroll stories. We love it!”
And, working together, it happened. On each of the major holidays I was given a holiday-related story that ran high up in the six p.m. newscasts.
I batted 3-for-3!
In fact, I batted 4-for-3 — On Christmas Day I had a story on the welcome snow on the ski slopes of Donner Ski Ranch for the Christmas skiers, as well as a second story that ran in the 6 p.m. that I had shot a few weeks earlier that had been held to run over the holidays.
To re-cap: Here are the four news stories I reported and photographed that ran over that major year-end holidays:
1) Thanksgiving Day: Oak Park Salvation Army Food Truck Thanksgiving
2) Christmas Day: A White Christmas at Donner Ski Ranch
3) Christmas Day: Beverley Carlson, Electric-Bike Rider
4) New Years Day: First Baby born in Sacramento in 2016
Happy 2016 everyone! I hope to be turning many, many more stories in the coming year.