1. Might be a good idea to send unmarked white vans to the location of the story, you know-- without your logo plastered all over. In other words, don't give the bad guys any more help then they already have. Not that it'll be an end-all but it can't hurt.
2. Hire permanent security guards! Yeah, it's expensive but it beats the alternative. If you can pay stringers 2 grand for cell-phone video, you can afford a hundred bucks for a guard.
3. This may sound silly but have your personnel --reporters, camera people, etc. be aware of their surroundings. Be vigilant. Yeah, I know you're news people but you're just as vulnerable as anyone else. Pretty obvious nowadays.
4. Be a little smart. Don't do a live shot under a freeway. And yes I know that if you're covering a certain story you'd like to be right at the scene of the story but you don't need to be, necessarily, exactly on point--it would be best if you did your report where other reporters were stationed. I know this is sort of radical but then again, you've become targets. Speaking of which...
5. It's good to act, not react, but there's been literally thousands of live shots from the streets of Oakland and nothing has happened. I would bet the bulk that many of these thugs are some kids from the same group. They probably work in packs and spread the word when you guys show up but I'm betting when OPD catches one of these guys, and they will eventually, they'll be a noticeable reduction if not disappearance of these incidents.
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