I’ve just returned to my apartment after being up for almost 28 hours. Why? Well because Ridley group just finished taping all our raw footage for our project. Our interview subject was Mark Miller, a reporter for KOMO TV.
He was fantastic to work with and really nice guy who wasn’t afraid to be candid with us. What wasn’t fantastic however was that his shift starts at 3:30 am and goes until 11:30am. We started by meeting him at the station and seeing the newsroom. Later we left Fisher Plaza and traveled to Renton to do a story about the primary for the very early news. It was interesting to see a news story on location and learn some of the ups and downs of being a local report assigned to the OMG its early shift. Around 7am, Mark got word of a breaking news story about a house fire in Federal Way, WA. Sadly Tom and Michelle had to go to work at that point, but Carie and I persevered and followed Mark, Tim, the cameraman, and Mike the news van driver/operator. We did have a couple of misadventures trying to find the location of the house fire, but once we arrived, Mark wasted no time in crafting a story about the tragic loss of a home and a beloved family pet. For our story even, there was some compelling video, some conflict, and some great sound bites. When the live remote was over we traveled back to the station and Mark gave us a very good sit down interview. Again I want to emphasize that Mark and everyone we met at KOMO were extremely nice. All in all, I would say the mission was a success, and I believe Carie will have some of our clips posted soon. For me its bed time.