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This is a new page for archiving my posts on shooting TV news — the stories that I’ve done and posting on this site, as well as my blogs about what I do as a TV news shooter and one-man TV news reporter. This may expand into other things as well. I’ve had several people ask me lately about what my next book will be about and whether it could be about how I do TV news, a field that they are very interested in themselves.

If you have any thoughts or interests in such a book — especially if you’d be someone who would actually buy a copy! — please send me a note.

I’m also on Facebook and welcome hearing from people, what your interests are and if you visit this site and how often.

Many thanks — and more to come —

MIKE

KCRA – Summer Snow Skiing at Squaw Valley

June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

In every career you are blessed with a handful of great days that you will never forget. A few of mine were spent were: A morning spent with the great filmmaker Carroll Ballard (The Black...

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KCRA Meets Cinema Vérité—Street nurse

June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every news story has its own style, just as with every documentary and dramatic film. When I go out on a news story I have no idea about the shots I will get, but I...

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When you work in the field of journalism you never know when breaking news is going to occur and, in an instant, you have to shift gears and whatever you were doing before he has...

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As I may have mentioned before on this site, at KCRA we invest a lot of time and effort into weather coverage and its impacts and effects. Snow, rain, heat, drought–these elements effect us all,...

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This is the third story in three years dealing with wintertime conditions and Donner Ski Ranch>. California has abruptly gone from five years of drought, where one year I never once went “up the hill”–our...

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Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016 This is the second of my holiday reporter-photographer stories. On this morning my shift started at 5:30 AM. Normally I’d be going out with a reporter and doing live...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016—Darrell Steinberg is inaugurated as Sacramento’s new mayor. I’ve been covering Darrell Steinberg (D) for 20 years, when he was first elected to the Sacramento City Council, then when he became a...

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KCRA Thanksgiving on North B Street

November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Working the Holidays: Working in TV news is like very few other regular jobs. TV news goes on the air 365 days a year. There are no holidays. Over the course of a career you’re...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016—I went into the afternoon meeting—where the producers, reporters, web desk writers meet to discuss the stories to do for the 10 & 11 o’clock news. “Hey, Mike—you have an idea for...

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This is probably the biggest story that I’ve ever tackled as a one-person reporter-photographer. I like doing stories that have weight and serious meat to them, but this is the first time I’ve ever done...

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KCRA — 9-11 Flag Memorial — GoPro

September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

I love photographing the American flag. I find it deeply moving. I’ve always enjoyed filming Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I just find the American flag to be very important, personal, and that...

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KCRA — Rise of the Reel — All-GoPro

August 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

For some time now I’ve said I wanted to try a story that was shot entirely with the GoPro Hero 3+ that my marvelous sister Margo sent me a year-and-a-half ago. KCRA anchor Edie Lambert (@KCRAEdieLambert)...

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KCRA — Saving Feral Kittens

August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

(NOTE: All of the frame-grab photos on this page are from shots in the news story that were filmed using the GoPro Hero 3+.) Several months back I posted a KCRA news story that I...

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(NOTE: This is not a political story, and is not about being pro or con on any political/social issue. The only “pro” in this posting is “professional” and is about covering these types of events in...

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When photographers put stories together, it’s always presumed that they’re going to be strong on visuals, filled with lots of cool, exciting images and fast-editing. And many times this is the case. But there are...

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Going Pro: A Touch of Understanding

June 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most of my posts are about stories that I do one-man/1-person/as a reporter-photographer. This is one of those exceptions. I’m posting this story to show how well a reporter and photographer can work together as...

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A number of times over the years I’ve on here about stories I’ve done on the Land Park Volunteer Corps, area residents who pitch in one Saturday a month to help keep William S. Land...

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This is part of a series that I call “Week of Good Stories.” I can’t think of a single work week in my 33 years in the TV news business where every day was a good...

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