|This is a puppy|
Due to people wanting to see "train wrecks" I often have to cover breaking news. It's one of the down sides of the job but it's one I have come to find enjoyment in. No, I don't enjoy watching someones house burn to ash. Nor do I enjoy watching as someone is carted off the highway on a stretcher. It's the jokes with the fire fighters who are laying exhausted in the grass type moments that I enjoy.
There has been no shortage of disasters for us to cover this year. From record setting blizzards to historic thousand year flooding. There has been something for us to fill the space between commercials with every single night.
There is however one thing I can think of that people want to see more than mayhem, animals.
Don't let their cuteness fool you. Trying to get a usable amount of video of puppies is a lot like trying to catch lightening in a jar. Most of the footage you get looks like the above photo of Petey. Sometimes it can get a bit frustrating especially if you're under a tight deadline. This is one of the few instances I will break my rule and put myself into the story. There are only so many puppies licking the lens shots you can put into a PKG so when they start taking an interest in you and try to eat your shoes, turn that lens towards yourself! The only warning I can offer is try to keep their paws of your camera or you might have to clean some puppy poo off the microphone.