TMJ4 WEATHER PLUS UMBRELLAS?
SHE'S LOOKING OUT FOR US
I'm not sure what sort of pet peeve it is to cause Jennifer to write in and ask about umbrella's here at Today's TMJ4.
Nonetheless, here's her question: "I just have to know this-do the field reporters supply their own umbrellas or are they supplied by TMJ4? I have seen two different reporters at different times using the same (crappy) broken umbrella. Perhaps it is not in the budget to supply the reporting staff with good functioning umbrellas? ($20.00? or are they special reporting umbrellas?) I am just concerned someone is going to lose an eye as those poky things whirl about. I know this not news breaking stuff-but I just gotta know! Those umbrellas just bug the heck out of me though!"
Generally speaking, reporters in the field are responsible for their own gear. Most of us have boots, gloves, hat, jeans, long underwear, rain gear, and a host of other materials at the station or in our cars at all times. You never know what you're going to be called to do. The worst situation a reporter can find him/herself in is showing up to work in a suit, and ending up at a train wreck during a snow storm.
So usually, reporters busted up umbrellas are their own. However, we often forget them. That's when you lean on your photographer or the engineer in the live truck and hope he's got an umbrella. That may explain why you've seen the same rain repeller with poking out eye potential.
We don't right now have team umbrellas here, although I do have an old "Wisconsin Weather Team" rain poncho. I got it when I first started working here 7 years ago. It's pretty cool.
Not sure the boss is going to lay out for a bunch of umbrellas, but it's worth a shot.
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