How not to be an environment reporter

I’ve covered the environment and the Chesapeake Bay for several years now, but I did something a couple weeks ago that I’d never done before.

I dropped my notebook in the water!

Not how you want your notebook to look.
Not how you want your notebook to look.

I had been out  on the water with the Natural Resources Police in Talbot County, reporting on a story about police staffing levels.

We were at the dock at a seafood company, when one of the watermen selling his oysters handed me my dripping notebook.

I hadn’t even realized I had lost it! It must have slipped out of my winter jacket pocket while I was shooting pictures. (Or maybe while I was meeting the very friendly local dogs.)

The good thing is that I already had more than enough material for my story. Plus I could record interviews with audio or video with my iPhone or camera, if needed.

Back in the newsroom, I carefully pulled out my pages of notes, sheet by sheet. I laid them out to dry and they were perfectly readable and usable (if a bit wrinkly) the next day.

Next time, I’ll keep better tabs on my notebook. And I’ll bring a spare.

Laying out wet notebook sheets to dry in the newsroom.
Laying out wet notebook sheets to dry in the newsroom.
Dry but crinkled notebook pages.
Dry but crinkled notebook pages.
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