Saturday, 28 November 2009
Live Reporting under Spaghetti Junction
On my last get together with the ITV News trainees, I had one of my first opportunities to give live reporting a go on TV. We gathered in Birmingham to make a not for broadcast programme covering the Midlands. For the trainee programmes in Leeds in June 2009 I was a presenter and then a programme editor, this time I was a reporter and was given the top story to work on - an independent report on the murder of a policeman by a paranoid schizophrenic.
In the morning I went to the canal tow path under the spaghetti junction in Birmingham, where the Detective Constable was killed, to film some shots for my package. ITV Central correspondent and king of self-shooting stories Keith Wilkinson came with me to film my piece to camera and give me some tips on camera work.
For our programme, I decided to go back to the spaghetti junction to top and tale my package with 'a live'. With seconds to spare Keith and cameraman Mark managed to get the satellite truck working and I was ready to go live. It was a nerve-wracking but thoroughly exhilarating experience and I can't wait to do it for real.
Unfortunately, the video above cuts out before the end of my live report, just before I handed back to the studio.