After an amazing day with the coverage of the Miracle Riders we arrive back at the station to begin editing this great story. So Dante begins to demonstrate his expertise on how he edits stories which gives me some good insight on how to edit and focus on the key components of a package. As we are discussing these details he begins to compartmentalize the sound bites he wants to include and what B roll to insert into his story. It was such an honor to be a part of this story that touched the lives of so many people. Then all of a sudden at about 10:30 pm that night we were informed that there was a blazing fire at 3rd Avenue and Railroad Street.
So we immediately rushed to the fire to report this breaking news, as we got there it was tricky trying to find a place to park and for the live truck to set up as well. However, as we drove around the area we discovered a proximity that allowed us to settle in so we could report the breaking news of the fire. Dante was very diligent as he prowled through the bushes to get a good angle of the fire. The police were very particular about how close people could be to the fire so they kept directing us to move back further. Dante being the savvy reporter he is found a way to capture the fire within the limitations of the police instructions.
The conflagration of the abandoned warehouse was spread everywhere and we were attempting to figure out how it started. However, the most important part was whether anybody was in the warehouse or not. As it came to be discovered no one was in the building as it took ablaze but we did not know how it started. As I got to observe how quickly breaking news occurs it showed me another element of the business that I really admire. I really appreciate the hard work of the people that report the news and also the photographers as well. The photographers actually have to go through the process of setting up live in a timely fashion to ensure the live shot is on TV by the time the newscast rolls around. This is so much pressure and I salute all the photographers at Wtvm because they do an outstanding job every day.
As the fire was being put out I got the opportunity to ride over to the closet bridge and take pictures of the fire because Dante needed extra footage for his story. The fire finally was put out and then Dante went live right in the heart of the action. So my first opportunity to go live was definitely an interesting event that affected the downtown area and it taught me to always be ready for anything to happen when you’re a reporter. That day was eventful from the Miracle Riders coverage to the warehouse fire it was obvious that Wtvm truly embodies its promise of delivering “news you can count on.”