In TV news, you (as a reporter/photographer team) have to accept that on most days, stars just don’t align. Someone doesn’t, won’t or isn’t home to talk to you. Police can’t give you information. There will be technical glitches, operator errors, and machines that just refuse to work. Producers will want you to fill more time, less time or need you to move to a new story when you’re 90% done with your current story. You get my drift?
The thing is… for day 2 of my on-air work at 7News… Christmas came early. My photographer Brian (we call them photogs but they shoot video… don’t ask… I have no idea why) and I went to a victim’s home. She had crashed her car into a pool in East Bridgewater Tuesday. Tuesday night another 7News crew tried to talk to that family and was told she was not speaking with the media. Needless to say, Brian and I were not optimistic heading off to our story Wednesday morning.
We arrived, first, at the East Bridgewater Police Department to ask about the 911 calls. To our surprise, they happily obliged and gave us a copy. YEAH! We then went to the victim’s home, she agreed to an interview. YIPPEE!! While we were there, her rescuers called her to say they wanted to stop in for a visit. WOOOHOOO!!! And we caught the reunion on video and interviewed the 3 women who saved the victim’s life. Christmas came early.
But wait, there’s more. I needed an “emergency window breaker” as a prop. I went to the Sullivan Tire store in East Bridgewater to find out where I might locate an auto parts store, and instead of pointing me in the right direction, the nice gentleman just loaned me his.
There was one glitch. Our live truck arrived a bit late so Brian was under an editing crunch.
But we made it. We were live for the 4:00pm and 6:00pm newscasts. Here’s the story that ran at 4:00pm.