on The Campaign Trail as a Videojournalist
Working for the Associated Press, I used a Liveu broadcast unit to "go live" for 6 hours non-stop covering the Trump visit to San Diego, California. My footage was used by the BBC, CBS, FOX and more. One website that streamed the AP live feed had 30,000 viewers watching.
It always get's scary the last hour of any protest where there are massive amounts of Police Force. The police fired Pepper Spray "bullets" at the press and protestors, and continuously charged at us shouting "move-back ", even though it was a mostly peaceful crowd.
Here are some tips if you are covering large protests with big police actions.
1- Don't Leave until the very last person has been arrested. The Most dramatic images come as the cops chase down and arrest folks after they declare an "Unlawful Assembly", this arrest footage is key to the coverage, and usually occurs in the final hour.
2-Use a Monopod. It allows you to raise the camera above the action, so you are not stuck filming people's backs.
3-Make sure you have a valid Press Press. It's the difference between being arrested or allowed to film.
4-Move around, follow the CNN crew and Still Photogs you trust, they know where the action is.
5-If you have access to a helmet and light weight goggles and gas mask, bring them for the final moments. ( Pepper spray in your mouth and eyes is not fun. I had a rock the size of a grapefruit land just 5 feet away from me, and it came from behind).
6- Run away if you need to get away from Gas, spray or aggressive cops. ( I had to twice, and the folks at AP HQ said they thought it was funny when they would see shots of my feet as I was running away from the Pepper Spray Bullets...HA, ha , ha.)