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Small Business Saturday – Fall 2010

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By Cat Viglienzoni – May 19, 2011

This reporter piece is on Small Business Saturday, a campaign aimed at promoting small businesses during the holiday retail season. I went out to Roslindale, MA to cover this, kind-of at the last minute. Small Business Saturday was on November 27, 2010.

This was another class piece, so it did not air.

The major thing keeping this piece from being a good one was the unfortunate fact that my lav mic (the one that clips onto someone’s shirt) died, and I couldn’t tell. So the only reason I got any of what the store owner said in her interview was because my camera’s internal mic (the one built in to the camera) picked up the interview. Unfortunately, it also picked up all the background noise as well, including the humming of the refrigerators for the cheese. And it picked up her voice very faintly. So when I boosted the audio so you could hear her, I also had to boost the background noise. It’s a no-win scenario.

Also, I wasn’t able to use a tripod for some of the b-roll shots because the locations didn’t allow for it (crowds + tripod = people blocking your camera’s view), so some of the shots are shaky, which isn’t great.

I had help shooting the standup from a photographer who was also covering the event for his station.

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

May 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

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