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How heavy is our equipment? Let me ask my foot.

By: Courtney Rochon
By: Courtney Rochon

Courtney discusses why she's on crutches for a week.

 

The reporters at WTAP are what the news industry calls "one man bands." That means we do it all ourselves. We shoot our own video (including shots of ourselves), write our own stories, and edit it all together. While it is a great learning opportunity (and I truly mean that), it can get a little overwhelming at times. Last Friday, one-man-banding got the best of me.

I was doing a story at Marietta Memorial Hospital (ironically) and when I went to pick up the tripod, my hand slipped and I dropped it on my foot. OUCH! Our equipment is not light. A camera, battery, and tripod weigh about 40lbs and are very bulky to carry. I knew right away that this was not going to be good. I limped out of the Hospital, drove back to work, and explained the incident to my boss. He sent me to the doctor where I found out I had sprained my foot. I'm now on crutches for a week.

I was very relieved that it was only a sprain. I was imagining the worst-case-scenario while I was waiting for the results. Since we do not have a photographer at the station, I have no way of reporting without carrying the equipment. I'm glad I'll only be on crutches for a week.

This is my first time on crutches and I'm not very coordinated (hence the tripod v. foot incident). I'm just hoping I don't injure myself further trying to hobble around!

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