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!
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.