This is a TV news story that I shot, reported, wrote and edited that ran on KCRA-TV’s Common Ground on Saturday May 19, 2012. In daily news we live under very strong time constraints of stories not exceeding a one minute and twenty second running length. Audience attention span is short and impatient so we...

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A month ago I reported a story KCRA Channel 3 Reports about a delegation of Chinese businessmen and government officials from Funan County in the People’s Republic of China coming to Sacramento to look at a facility for a distribution center for their imports. They make furniture and baskets from bamboo and other products, all...

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This past week I was a guest on KCRAChannel 3 Reports at 7 A.M. with host Adrienne Bankert to discuss my new book Breaking Into TV News: How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV Reporter-Photographer. You think about appearing for interviews like this for days in advance, then once you’re in the...

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Olivia Morgan, who graduated today with a liberal arts teaching degree from Brandman University.

KCRA Olivia Morgan Graduates

May 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

Saturday at KCRA, my end of the week. After quickly shooting a story on an auction of California state government surplus i was given printouts for three addition stories for me to shoot quickly throughout the day for use as VO-SOTs (Voice Over-Sound On Tape) — short stories for the anchors to read over. The...

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I can’t remember when, if ever, I’ve taken two weeks off and didn’t go any place. Believe this is now referred to as a “Stay-cation.” The time off was necessary because I’d built up so much time at work that if I didn’t use it, I would lose it. Hmm. . . . Whattaya gonna...

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The Kindle ebook of Breaking Into TV News – How To Get A Job & Excel As A Reporter-Photographer is now available for instant download on Amazon! And the Look Inside feature is available on the Kindle Edition so you can download the first 20 pages of the book to sample — or read on...

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In Breaking Into TV News – How To Get A Job & Excel As A Reporter-Photographer is a section on “Writing” where I present five different stories that I’ve done as a reporter-photographer, starting with my very first story back in 1984 at KWCH-TV in Wichita, Kansas, and four stories that I’ve done over the...

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A few weeks ago I posted about walking my dogs and listening to my favorite podcast — The Digital Convergence Podcast, about DSLR cameras and digital editing — and hearing the host Carl Olson read an e-mail that I’d sent and put a plug in for Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film –...

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Breaking Into TV News became available on Amazon only just yesterday morning and by 10 AM had sold its first copy! Thank you!!! I wrote Breaking Into TV News – How To Get A Job & Excel As A Reporter-Photographer for high school and college students. Most of the journalism interns I talk to have...

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The book year is now available on Amazon! Breaking Into TV News – How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV Reporter-Photographer goes on sale on Amazon as of today. It is larger than my first book Naked Filmmaking and is printed on 8×10 size paper with over 250 full-color photographs. Breaking Into...

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First proof of the new book from the beginning of March.

New Book – Only Days Away!

April 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

The new book which I’ve been mentioning here on the blog and to friends since last summer is only days away from publication and becoming available on Amazon. I finished the writing and layout a month ago at the beginning of March and had the first proof made (seen in these photos) to see how...

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Found Objects 3-26-2012

March 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Haven’t posted one of these walking-the-dogs snapshot series in a while. I like taking “the kids” out for a walk around the neighborhood, slip in an iPod earbud, get caught up on the podcasts. Time to think, look around. Sometimes the light is just so beautiful, it makes me wish I had the Canon 7D...

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KCRA Chinese Businessmen In Sacramento

March 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

A delegation of Chinese government leaders and businessmen from Funan County in China are visiting Sacramento, considering setting up a distribution center here for their products — baskets and woven furniture. I’ve seen woven baskets and rattan and bamboo furniture from Asia since I was a kid, but I never imagined that it could provide...

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How Much HD Do We Need?

March 19, 2012 | 1 Comments

  Over the past few months, since the announcements of the new RED Epic and Scarlet and the Canon C300digital cinema cameras, and now with all the buzz about the 2K Digital Bolex, various people have asked me (and this is an amalgam of these conversations): “So, Mike, which one are you going to get?...

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I’m a podcast junky. The frustrating thing about listening to the radio in the car is that, invariably, as soon as the program gets to something good that I really want to hear, I’ve gotten to where I was driving and I have to get out of the car. Now I download the podcasts of...

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Thanks to Sundance Channel!

March 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

A little while back I wrote a post about Ed Burns’ new micro-indie movie Newlyweds. After posting that, an agency associated with the Sundance Channel wrote to inform me that Ed Burns was going to be a guest on their new filmmaker interview series The Mortified Sessions and if I’d be willing to write a post about it....

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Most news interns who shadow crews out in the field simply observe and shoot a stand-up or two. Their focus is entirely on reporting and writing. Some do learn the importance of editing. But none of the reporter interns ever comes out and shoots alongside us. In entry-level TV news today, and even at network...

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Title page of the new book in the Amazon Createspace proof reader.

New Book – Going To The Presses!

February 26, 2012 | 1 Comments

My apologies to everyone who visits this page. It’s been far, far too long since I’ve posted. This is to fill you in. I’ve not been away from my MacBook. Far from it! I haven’t been away from it at all!! I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my new book, One-Man Newsman: Being A...

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