Seven things not to do when reporting from a sporting event

1. If someone begs you to interview them, then it is probably not a good idea.

2. Recording from the front row with your back turned to the field makes you a direct target for fly balls.

3. Always remember a microphone. Sprinting through a crowd full of people to find a teammate with the camera bag is not a pleasant experience.

4. When you tell the person you are interviewing that “really, it’s okay, I’ll hold the microphone,” some people don’t take a hint.

5. Don’t force a camera onto a tripod. Think to yourself that this tripod may be broken, since coincidentally the camera may become stuck.

6. Know the questions you are going to ask before you start the interview. Not everyone is a good conversationalist.

7. If a crowd full of young children are mobbing around a team mascot, well, it may not be the best environment for expensive camera equipment.

**Blogger’s disclaimer: No journalists or camera equipment were harmed in the making of this blog post.

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