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On Camera, 2nd Edition by Tom Flynn, Nancy Reardon

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9 Legal Reporting

The legal beat is like the medical beat in one way, and this is not a joke about malpractice suits. You do need some special knowledge or training to get to the top. In the case of legal reporting, there seems to me to be no shortage of qualified candidates. I don’t know what it is about the law business, but I get more students from that profession wanting to switch careers and go into television than from any other business. Usually, they make terrific students in my class.

One well-known legal reporter and anchor never thought about switching careers. The television business came calling on her. But I’ll let her tell you the story. This is probably not how it will happen to you, but this is what happened to Catherine Crier. ...

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