A large part of my job as a metro/breaking news intern at The Sacramento Bee, especially toward the beginning of my internship when I worked the evening shift, involved covering crimes, accidents, fires, road closures and crashes. I spent a lot of time scrolling through Tweetdeck, monitoring social media accounts of law enforcement officials and California Highway Patrol logs, and calling public information officers. Often, I drove to the scene of the crime or accident to interview witnesses, firefighters and police officers, and I shot photos and videos on my iPhone to accompany my articles. I often live tweet from the scene to provide readers real-time updates.
When we received a tip that a light-rail train was stopped in the middle of the tracks and may have hit someone, I rushed to north Sacramento. Despite not being allowed into the active crime scene, I put together a picture of what happened by talking to reluctant witnesses, and eventually learned the full story from a police lieutenant: Cyclist in critical condition after colliding with light-rail train in Sacramento
Acting on information from a tweet, I drove out one afternoon to the Sacramento River, where firefighters and divers were searching fruitlessly for a young boy who had disappeared underwater. My video of the tragic scene that the Bee quickly posted on Facebook was watched more than 7,000 times in a matter of minutes. Later, I updated the story when the boy’s body was found: Body of young boy found in Sacramento River after search